Fibraurea recisa

1.      History Fibraurea recisa belongs to Menispermaceae family. It is a woody, climbing plant found growing wild in the mountain areas of Burma, China and Vietnam. 2.      Definition & uses 2.1 Parts used: The dear old tobacco and dried roots of trees 2.2 Chemical composition: Alkaloids (3%), mainly from 1

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Atractylodes macrocephala

1.      History Awarded the title as the first herb of invigorating Qi and strengthening spleen, no doubt Bai Zhu (Atractylodes macrocephala) lives up to that reputation thanks for its consistent performance. Given its special effect in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is treated as an equal to Ren Shen (Ginseng).

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Homalomena aromatica

1.      History Homalomena aromatica Schott. belongs to the family Araceae is a rhizomatous aromatic perennial herb and found mainly in subtropical humid climates of Central America and Asia. 2.      Definition & uses 2.1 Chemical composition The aromatic rhizomes of Homalomena aromatica contain an essential oil used for blending most of

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Perna viridis (Green mussel)

1.      History The green mussel is originally from the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and were first found in the western hemisphere in waters surrounding the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1990 and then later along the nearby coast of Venezuela in 1993. The first known occurrence of the green mussel

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Nelumbo nucifera

1.      History Nelumbo nucifera, now placed in the mono-generic family Nymphaeaceae, has numerous common names (e.g. Indian lotus, Chinese water lily and sacred lotus) and synonyms (Nelumbium nelumbo, N. speciosa, N. speciosum and Nymphaea nelumbo). Nelumbo nucifera has been used as a medicinal herb in China and India. It has

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Crinum latifolium

1. History The genus Crinum belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and comprises approximately 160 species distributed throughout the tropics and warm temperate regions of the world in Asia, Australia, Africa and America. The Crinum species have commercial, economical and medicinal importance. Besides its popularity as an ornamental garden plant with

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1. History Chernobyl, the world’s worst nuclear accident, killed 20,000 and millions of additional victims endured unspeakable suffering and lingering deaths. In the wake of the disaster, the Russian military issued a plea for the discovery of any remedy that could benefit the radiation-ravaged survivors. The State Scientific Research Institute

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Fallopia multiflora

1. History Fo-ti root, or Chinese knotweed has been used as a traditional medicinal plant for thousands of year. It is thought to promote longevity, increase sexual vigor and rejuvenate the body. Fo-ti root can also be used as a component in treating a multitude of ailments such as high

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1. History In the early 80s, Soviet scientists, under the direction of the government, conducted experiments to analyze the cellular structure of Lactobacillus strain of bacteria into several sub-molecules. They discovered substances with strong effect on the immune system and called them natural immune modulators. By the end of the

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Natto is a traditional Japanese food made by boiling or steaming soybeans and fermenting them with the Bacillus subtilis natto. The bacillus bacteria activate a fermenting process that lends the beans their notoriously sour aroma, nutty flavor, and slippery texture. The Bacillus subtilis natto is a rod-shaped bacterium with a

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