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Astragalus by Yannis Vassilopoulos

Astragalus

Astragalus ( latin: Astragalus Membranaceus ), is often found in China under the names huáng qí (chin: 黄芪) which translates to yellow emperor, referring to the yellow colored roots. It also comes with the name běi qí, (chin: 北芪), meaning Northern leader.This is attributed to the fact that the plants flourishes more in North China over the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. Astragalus is a perennial plant, approximately 16 inches tall, that is native to the northern and eastern parts of China as well as Mongolia. It has hairy stems with leaves made up of 12 to 18 pairs of…

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Billberry by Yannis Vassilopoulos

Billberry

Billberry ( botanical name Vaccinium myrtillus ) is a close relative of American blueberry. The plant grows in northern Europe, Canada, and the United States. The ripe berries are primarily used in modern herbal extracts as well as the leaves. Mostly are recommended for a wide range of common ailments like scurvy, infections in urinary tract, kidney stones and diabetes. The most reasonable application of the dried berry was in treating diarrhea (in decoction form) mainly by the Native Americans and as an aid to ease the birth.

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Blood could generate body repair kit by Fotopoulou Sophia

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A small company in London, UK, claims to have developed a technique that overturns scientific dogma and could revolutionise medicine. It says it can turn ordinary blood into cells capable of regenerating damaged or diseased tissues. This could transform the treatment of everything from heart disease to Parkinson's.

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Breastfeeding lowers cancer risk by Spiros Papavasiliou

Women who breast-feed longer and bear more children are better protected from breast cancer, according to new study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

Researchers found if women in developed countries breast-fed their children just six months longer than they do now, 25,000 breast cancers worldwide could be prevented each year.

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