Healthy Immunity, Using Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms

by Guido Masé October 12, 2018

There is a long tradition in herbal medicine of using herbs and mushrooms around times of seasonal change, or during travel, to support great immunity and thereby keep the physiology strong and resilient. 

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Apple Cider Vinegar Bitters: New England Practicality, European Wisdom

by Guido Masé September 27, 2018

Cider Vinegar Bitters

New England is rich in apples, and every fall, pressed and fermented into cider, he had access to endless quantities of raw, natural vinegar. Some of the classic uses...

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An East African Plant Walk, with Guido Masé

by Guido Masé May 22, 2018

The best herbs are the ones close at hand. A team of herbalists and I travel to East Africa each spring, along with physicians and medical students. Here, we work at a rural hospital, where herbal medicine is becoming integrated into patient care...

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Science Update with Guido Masé: Human Rituals Around Sacred Plants and Sacred Places: Insight Into Ecological Conservation

by Guido Masé February 21, 2018

 

Identifying and honoring “sacred” places in our lives, and bringing plants into the ritual of celebration, is a traditional tool that builds life and resilience wherever it is employed, helping to protect endangered botanical species and preserve sensitive ecologies.

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Science Update: Adaptive Plasticity

by Guido Masé December 13, 2017 1 Comment

We’ve known for a long time that primates (humans included) use plants medicinally, but insect self-medication is a relatively new discovery. This observation is remarkable in and of itself: these wooly bears are behaving like herbalists, seeking out medicinal species to treat their infection.

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Bitter Taste Receptors: New Insight and Applications

by Guido Masé October 13, 2017 4 Comments

Bitter Taste Receptors; New Insights and Applications

Over the last two decades we have seen interest in digestive bitters continue to grow. This is fantastic, and we’re hoping it indicates an increasing appreciation...

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Herbs and Antimicrobial Resistance

by Guido Masé September 18, 2017

Antimicrobial resistance has followed on the heels of drug development since the very beginning –-in fact, since before penicillin was ever released to the general public.

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Heartburn and Proton Pump Inhibitors: A Case Study in Drug-Like Mentality

by Guido Masé July 12, 2017 1 Comment

Heartburn Proton Pump Inhibitor -- Bitters

One of the big lessons I learned from studying medicinal plants is that, when a health concern isn’t an immediate emergency, it is better to focus on supporting the living human...

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Chamomile: A Popular Herb With A Strong Record Of Safety

by Guido Masé June 02, 2017

German chamomile Matricaria recutita, also known as Matricaria chamomilla or Chamomilla recutita is one of the best-known medicinal herbs in the world...

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Science Update: Whole Plants vs. Pills

by Guido Masé February 16, 2017

Science Update: Whole Plant vs Pills

Herbalists, though we’ve been known to use isolated constituents from plants, often prefer traditional, whole-plant preparations like teas, tinctures, or powders. These “crude” extracts...

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Science Update: Paleolithic Herbalism

by Guido Masé January 10, 2017

Science Update--Paleolithic Herbalism

Jacob's Bridge is an archaeological site in Israel, at a historic crossing of the river Jordan, just north of the Sea of Galilee...

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New Research Using Electronic Taste Perception (the “e-tongue”) Explores Ayurvedic Rasas (“tastes”)

by Guido Masé December 06, 2016

New Research Using Electronic Taste Perception

Ayurveda, the “science of life” and traditional healing system of the Indian subcontinent, is perhaps the oldest formal medical system on the planet...

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