A wearable device for regrowing hair

Although some people embrace the saying ‘bald is beautiful,’ for others, alopecia, or excessive hair loss, can cause stress and anxiety. Some studies have shown that stimulating the skin with lasers can help regrow hair, but the equipment is often large, consumes lots of energy and is difficult to use in daily life. Now, researchers have developed a flexible, wearable photostimulator that speeds up hair growth in mice.

They report their results in ACS Nano.


Weight lowering effect of ginger extract

Ginger, the rhizome of Zingiber officinale, species of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) is one of the most widely used spices and medicinal plants. Ginger contains volatile oils including terpenoids such as zingiberene and pungent components such as gingerol, shogaol, and zingerone. Among them, the gingerols and shogaols are considered as the major bioactive constituents of fresh and dried ginger, respectively.

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Therapeutic properties of Tea Tree oil

Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been increasingly popular over the last decades, although its essential oil has been used in Australia by Aborigines for centuries. Tea tree should not be confused with the common tea plant that is used to make black and green tea.

In traditional medicine, tea tree oil has used topically for various infections including acne, fungal infections of the foot and nails, lice, and also for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, and many other external infections.

When applying an essential tea tree oil to the face, it must be diluted (a few drops of tea tree oil with 20 to 40 drops of some base such as aloe vera cream or coconut oil), and applied gently to the skin twice a day. It must not be overused as it can dry out your skin and cause it to overproduce its own oils.

Tea tree oil is rich with several monoterpenes (terpinen‐4‐ol, α‐terpinene, 1,8‐cineol, p‐cymene, α‐terpineol, α‐pinene, terpinolene, limonene, and sabinene). All monoterpenes have antiseptic properties and they are thought to be psychologically uplifting.

Apart from anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties shown in numerous studies, one study recently showed that terpinen‐4‐ol, a monoterpene from tea‐tree oil, “induces a significant growth inhibition of colorectal, pancreatic, prostate and gastric cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner”.

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Herbal compounds that protect against neurodegenerative diseases

Herbal compounds from the following plant sources have been found to have neuroprotection ability in various neurological disorders (original article).  Continue reading “Herbal compounds that protect against neurodegenerative diseases”

Top ten herbal remedies for anxiety

A comprehensive review in Phytotherapy Research journal identified 10 herbal remedies (phytomedicines) with preclinical and clinical evidence of modulating GABA‐pathways with similar or stronger anti-anxiety effect as the currently available pharmaceuticals.  Continue reading “Top ten herbal remedies for anxiety”

Fish oil and depression

Despite some recent media frenzy around how fish supplements don’t reduce cardiovascular risks (which I briefly discussed here), there is a continuous stream of articles showing the benefits of fish oil in some other disorders. Just as one example, there is one recent scientific review, where clinical trials surrounding fish oil use in the treatment of depression were comprehensively evaluated.

The authors were looking at the effectiveness of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the treatment of depression. PUFAs have potent anti-inflammatory properties and also direct effects on membrane properties.  Continue reading “Fish oil and depression”

Quercetin for the prevention and treatment of cancers

A comprehensive review was published in Phytotherapy Research journal today, investigating the literature published to date on potential anticancer properties of quercetin. The findings suggest that quercetin can be an important complementary medicine for the prevention and treatment of different types of cancers, due to its natural origin, safety, and low cost relative to synthetic cancer drugs.

Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables. It belongs to a group of flavonoids. There have been numerous studies showing the beneficial anti-cancer effects of flavonoid-rich foods. Foods that are particularly rich with quercetin include onions, apples, berries, capers, tomatoes and broccoli.  Continue reading “Quercetin for the prevention and treatment of cancers”

Best natural remedies for sunburns

There are some great natural ways of relieving your sunburns, as there is a high chance that some of you are suffering from them right now, given how this is one of the hottest and sunniest summers that I can recall!

First and foremost, try not to get sunburns; now that the UV index is really high, it could be dangerous. Stay in the shade whenever you can, use sun protection creams, avoid sun between 10am and 4pm, but don’t avoid it at other times, as you also need some vitamin D in your blood!

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Protective and therapeutic potential of ginger – antitumor and anti-inflammatory

Today, a comprehensive review was published in Phytotherapy Research journal, examining the literature about ginger extract and [6]‐gingerol against tumorigenic and oxidative and inflammatory processes associated with cancer.

The results suggest that ginger derivatives, in the form of an extract or isolated compounds, show significant antiproliferative, antitumor, and anti‐inflammatory activities.  Continue reading “Protective and therapeutic potential of ginger – antitumor and anti-inflammatory”

Turmeric may help to reduce back pain

According to Dr Josh Axe, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Its active ingredient curcumin contains the pain-relieving and anti-ageing effects. Dr. Axe suggests 1,000mg of turmeric every day. Alternatively, 2,000mg of fish oil everyday also helps reduce inflamation.

Another famous nutrition expert, Ty Bollinger, talks about many amazing benefits of turmeric in the interview below.

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