Natural Foods Merchandiser


Botanical May Fight Herpes
There may be a new botanical for the treatment of herpes, according to research presented at the American Society of Microbiology in June. Scientists say that the plant Prunella vulgaris, commonly found in China, Europe and North America and often referred to as "self heal," contains a lignin-carbohydrate compound that fights and protects against herpes lesions. Lab animals given a cream containing the prunella compound showed a significant reduction in herpes lesions compared to the control group. The researchers concluded that the prunella lignan-carbohydrate compound may prove to be an effective ingredient for herpes treatment.

Borage Oil for Gum Health
Individuals suffering from periodentitis, which can include bleeding gums, receding gums and infection, may find relief by taking borage oil. A recent study published in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids (2003) found that at the end of 12 weeks, those in the treatment group who took 1,000 mg of borage oil 3 times daily had a significant reduction in symptoms compared with the groups that took 1,000 mg of fish oil or placebo daily. Both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are known anti-inflammatories that work by altering the formation of prostaglandins. Because the study was done on a small number of subjects (24), a larger study is needed to confirm the results.

All About Ayurveda
A health practice with more than 5,000 years of history can be intimidating, but author Shubra Krishan has opened the world of Ayurvedic healing to the novice in Essential Ayurveda (New World Library, 2003). Beginning the book with her own transformation that led her to incorporate Ayurveda into her daily life, Krishan writes with an upbeat, concise and personal approach. Readers will learn the principals of Ayurveda and how they can incorporate them into their lives. Krishan includes recipes for Ayurvedic cooking as well as recipes for Ayurvedic skin care and tables of recommended foods and spices.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIV/number 8/p. 34

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