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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Bitters and Heart Health: Emerging Research

by Guido Masé September 01, 2016 1 Comment

Bitters And Heart Health

The first benefit everyone notices from trying herbal bitters is improved digestion. But as we keep finding, the injection of digestive prowess that follows a bitter taste stimulus is just the tip of the iceberg...

 

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Science Update: Bitters—A Taste for Immunity

by Guido Masé March 13, 2016

Science Update--Bitters A Taste for Immunity

I think we would all agree that bitters are, first and foremost, classic digestive remedies. The herbs and recipes...modulate the transit time of the food we eat...

 

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Science Update: Plant miRNA

by Guido Masé February 04, 2016

Science Update--Plant MIRNA

Information storage and transfer are critical components of our modern connected world, but are just as essential to the natural world, too...

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