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Media Watch

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Mexicans Turn to Aztec Remedies as Economy Slows
Those in Mexico who rely on money sent from relatives in the US have started to use traditional herbal remedies rather than medicines from the pharmacy. 
Thomson, Adam. The Financial Times Deutschland. November 28, 2008.

Health and Wellness to Offer Herbal Consultations
After demand for more holistic treatments, Johns Hopkins University will give students the option of using a combination of Eastern and Western medical practices.
Danner, Thomas. The Johns Hopkins News-Letter. October 30, 2008.

Nature’s Gift: Wild Bulgarian Herbs
As reportedly the world’s largest exporter of medicinal herbs, Bulgaria has an economy and culture dependent on the herbs that grow naturally throughout the land. This might change, however, if commercial production continues to deplete the country’s overall stock of herbs.
Quest Bulgaria Property Magazine. November 3, 2008.

Health Ministry Allocates Bt150mn for Development of Thai Herbal Medicine
In an attempt to reduce expensive medicinal imports, Thailand’s government designates more than $4 million for the research and development of herbal medicines. 
Thai News Agency. MCOT English News. November 1, 2008.

Bajan Men 'Dying' for 'Coffins'
As the Chinese herbal extract Huoli Shen becomes more and more popular among Bajan men, who use the tonic for its aphrodisiac properties, a doctor advises against careless and impatient use of herbal remedies.
Adonijah. Nation News. November 1, 2008.

Blend Traditional and Modern Medicine
The director general of the World Health Organization acknowledges traditional and herbal remedies as accessible and affordable forms of health care but emphasizes a combination of herbal and modern medicines, especially in emergency situations such as malaria.
Chan, Margaret. Business Daily Africa. November 17, 2008.

World's Largest Plant DNA Project May Lead to New Medicines or Surprise Discoveries
A Canadian university’s $6 million project will map out the DNA sequences of 1,000 plants, which is expected to shed light on the possibilities of new medicines and bio fuels.   
The Canadian Press. November 15, 2008.

Is Alternative Medicine the New Mainstream?
Patients increasingly use alternative medicines and services for their health conditions, leading some to question these treatments’ “alternative” label.
Grimes, Melanie. Health News. November 14, 2008.

Call for Regulation of Herbalists, Acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine Practitioners
The Health Professions Council proposes that it regulate acupuncturists, medical herbalists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners throughout the United Kingdom.
Staines, Richard. Nursing Times. November 13, 2008.

Menopause Disrupts a Woman’s Life, but There Are Ways to Cope
Black cohosh, St. John's wort, and red clover are suggested as natural remedies for menopause.
LaLonde, Pati. The Bay City Times. November 18, 2008.

Acai Has Gone From Staple of the Amazon to Global Wonder Berry
The sudden worldwide popularity of the acai berry, once a “poor man’s staple,” has conservationists worried about the impact of cultivation on the rainforest.
McDonnell, Patrick J. Los Angeles Times. Septmber 21, 2008.

Catalytic Therapy Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
Researchers have found that natural pigments from herbs that are catalyzed by ascorbic acid may be beneficial in the treatment of cancer.
Cancer Monthly. December 2, 2008.

Naturopathic Medicine: Doctors for the New Millennia
Naturopathic physicians focus on prevention and the overall health of the patient with an emphasis on natural remedies.
Passero, Kevin. Stop Aging Now. November 26, 2008.

More People Choosing Health Tourism
Though health tourism is a new industry in Vietnam, its acceptance is growing quickly.
Nguyen, Ha. Vietnam News. November 23, 2008.

Bill Seeks Tighter Regulation on Herbal Medicines, ‘Nutraceuticals’
Lawmakers in the Philippines hope that a new bill will reduce the number of false claims on labels for natural medicines by regulating their manufacture, importation, and distribution. November 24, 2008.

Chinese Scientists Use Herbs to Treat Cows
Scientists in China are giving cows Liu Quian Su, a natural antibacterial, and kudzu instead of female hormones to reduce infection and increase milk production naturally. They claim that this process leaves no harmful residues in the milk unlike antibiotics.
China View. November 11, 2008.


The current HerbClip bin was released on November 25, 2008. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Maca Reduces Psychological Symptoms of Menopause

Cochrane Review of St. John's Wort for Major Depression

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