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Major medicinal plants of the Far East

World of plants – the greatest miracle of nature, the realm of beauty and healing our wealth. In the structure of the biosphere the entire animal world can be considered as the consuming organs, and vegetable – as energostrategia producing. Thus, the role of plants in human life is difficult to overestimate. In General it is a powerful component of physical and mental health of humans and animals. It is known that since ancient times plants were used as therapeutic and prophylactic agents. For thousands of years in every region of the selected plants for these purposes, created a healing and preventive recipes (India, Tibet, China, Mongolia).

The interest in medicinal plants and preparations from them is determined by the entire lifestyle of humanity. The harmful effects of chemicals found in the environment, synthetic drugs, to which man is not adapted evolutionary, chemical food additives lead to allergic diseases.

In connection with the above, it is highly relevant to the issues of resource discovery and extraction of these drugs, possessing tonic, adaptive, antioxidant and other activities. They are necessary for rehabilitation, prevention, protection from stress, for correction of some physiological functions in Oncology, geriatrie etc. As shown by experimental studies, many of medicinal plants used in folk medicine for allergic conditions, have a pronounced antihistamine activity, such as the common cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) . Essential oils and terpenoid fractions of wild rosemary (Ledum palustre) in acute inflammatory conditions hinder the development of vascular abnormalities and associated exudative phenomena. Continue reading

Animals who know how to treat people

“Uh-uh, my friend, but you have a neurosis! Take you a cold shower and an hour ride on horseback – as a hand lift!”. Fun recipe, right? Especially about horses. But this is very real advice of highly respected physicians. And what is most interesting, indeed, as arm lift.

Treated at the stables

Even the name of this “cure” is invented – hippotherapy – therapy with horses. It is strongly recommended that, among other things, disorders of the musculoskeletal system, arteriosclerosis, polio, chronic gastro-intestinal diseases, prostatitis, scoliosis and even mental retardation.

Yes, fools from horses grow wiser, but show me a tablet that have the same effect? This is not? So-and-so!

Of course, come the objections: it is one thing, saying, be purchased at your local pharmacy the suitcase of drugs from the listed diseases (except, again, the last one), and quite another to be dragged God knows where in the stables (and where is it stable, try to find) and pay a lot of money for their own shame (to put it mildly, we have lost over the last century the riding skills). The habit to beat yourself an hour all the tender places, but still, it’s possible to earn there, in the stable or the paddock, traumatic brain injury.

From the sounds of “meow!”

Okay,let’s assume that the horse is too strong alternative to the bag of drugs. But let’s still not going to rush to pharmacists. Look on the sides. See, the cat purrs in the sun? He hurt a paw, licking and purring. I think he hums it to yourself to have fun? Nothing of the sort! Continue reading

Medicine and pharmacology in Ancient Egypt

The idea of the structure of the human body, the Egyptians received from the practice of embalming, also testified about the achievements in the field of chemistry (I assume that the word “chemistry” comes from the ancient name of Egypt is “Kemet” or “Kemet” which means “Black land”).

Knowledge of the ancient Egyptians in the field of the body structure were quite high for its time and can only be compared with the achievements of Indians, with the reservation that the Egyptian texts date back to the II Millennium BC. and Indian medical treatises – the first centuries of our era.

In the middle of the II Millennium BC the ancient Egyptians described the major organs: brain, heart, vessels, kidneys, intestines, muscles, etc. However, they are not subjected them to special study, which is due, in all probability, to the influence of the dogmas of religion.

The Egyptians belongs to the first extant description of the brain. It is given in the Edwin Smith papyrus (CA. 1550 BC, is a treatise on surgery), in which the brain moves in the open wound is compared to “a boiling copper”. The ancient Egyptians noticed that brain damage causes painful condition of other parts of the body (for example, paralysis of the limbs), and thus, laid the natural-scientific ideas about the brain. Continue reading

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