When Science Confirms Traditional Medicine!

Science Confirms Traditional Medicine

Unbeknownst to the general public, billions of dollars of drug company and government grant money has flowed into finding lead compounds for new drug development over the past 50 years. Although much has been learned about the power and relative safety of natural substances in preventing and treating disease in the process, natural substances rarely if ever find the sustained capitalization necessary to make it through the additional FDA hurdles required for drug approval, which costs over 800 million dollars per drug.

Inadvertently, some of the very same companies and interests which would like for natural substances not to receive the same drug-approval status available to the synthetic ones, are funding research that prove basic vitamins, foods and spices are at least as effective, sometimes more effective, and often much safer and affordable than the drugs they are developing to replace or supplant them.

This means that tens of thousands of studies have already been performed demonstrating that natural substances may prevent and/or treat disease, at least in the test tube and animal models. GreenMedInfo.com, contains close to 20,000 of these. What is even more amazing is that these scientific results often confirm the traditional uses for these natural substances in ancient Indian medicine, Chinese medicine, and countless other folk medicine traditions around the world. This can only make their use more compelling for individuals or healthcare practitioners, as folk medicine contains many thousands of years of tried and true human experience applying these substances to diseases – often with great success.

Over the course of the past few years of indexing, GreenMedInfo.com has been collecting studies that confirm the traditional use of a natural substance for medicinal purposes. This section is called "Science Confirms Tradition" and contains 43 studies. We are looking to greatly expand this section in the future. If you happen to find any relevant studies while diving for clinical pearls on Pubmed.gov, please send us an email, or get involved as a contributor. We have designed a parser that will enable you to enter studies into our database directly, in exchange for a professional membership and a few other perks we can disclose if you are interested.

Thanks as always for supporting the world’s largest, open source, evidence-based natural health resource.  Enjoy the studies below! 

A purple potato variety which has been used for the prevention of metabolic diseases as a folk remedy in Korea, demonstrates anti-obesity potential via inhibition of lipid metabolism

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Pubmed Data : J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Aug 13;118(3):396-404. Epub 2008 May 20. PMID:18579324

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Potato : CK(71) : AC(24)

Diseases : Cholesterol: LDL/HDL ratio : CK(415) : AC(52)Obesity : CK(1255) : AC(266),Triglycerides: Elevated : CK(364) : AC(67)

Additional Keywords : Anti-Obesity Agents : CK(94) : AC(25)Plant Extracts : CK(3297) : AC(1135),Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Acorus calamus has insulin releasing and alpha-glucosidase inhibitory activity, confirming its traditional use in American and Indonesia for diabetes.

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Pubmed Data : J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Jan 4. Epub 2010 Jan 4. PMID: 20051258

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Acorus calamus : CK(11) : AC(6)

Diseases : Diabetes Mellitus: Type 1 : CK(1003) : AC(215)

Pharmacological Actions : Alpha-glucosidase inhibitor : CK(19) : AC(11)Insulin-releasing : CK(26) : AC(16)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Agrimony exhibits anti-inflammatory activity, substantiating its traditional uses for inflammation and allergic diseases.

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Pubmed Data : Immunol Invest. 2010 Jan;39(2):159-70. PMID: 20136621

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Agrimony : CK(15) : AC(12)

Diseases : Allergies : CK(527) : AC(94)Inflammation : CK(1001) : AC(341)Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Toxicity : CK(232) : AC(126)

Pharmacological Actions : Anti-Inflammatory Agents : CK(1159) : AC(412)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

An extract of plantain has blood sugar lowering effects in diabetic mice.

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Pubmed Data : Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 2003 Jul-Aug;25(6):453-6. PMID: 12949631

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Plantain : CK(39) : AC(12)

Diseases : Diabetes Mellitus: Type 1 : CK(1003) : AC(215)Diabetes Mellitus: Type 2 : CK(1911) : AC(315)

Pharmacological Actions : Hypoglycemic Agents : CK(538) : AC(152)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3297) : AC(1135)Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Anise demonstrates antispasmodic properties consistent with its use in folk medicine.

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Pubmed Data : J Clin Gastroenterol. 2001 Jul;33(1):27-31. PMID: 17027208

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Anise : CK(20) : AC(8)

Diseases : Gastric Spasm : CK(18) : AC(6)Muscle Spasm : CK(43) : AC(5)

Pharmacological Actions : Antispasmodic : CK(110) : AC(29)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Baccharis dracunculifolia possess antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities, confirming its traditional use in Brazilian folk medicine.

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Pubmed Data : J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Feb 3;127(2):543-50. Epub 2009 Oct 4. PMID: 19808087

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Baccharis dracunculifolia : CK(10) : AC(7)

Diseases : Inflammation : CK(1001) : AC(341)

Pharmacological Actions : Anti-Inflammatory Agents : CK(1159) : AC(412)Antinoceceptive : CK(15) : AC(8)

Additional Keywords : Brazilian Traditional Medicine : CK(8) : AC(4)Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Cassava leaves have anti-inflammatory and analgesic principles, which justify its use in traditional African medicine.

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Pubmed Data : Arch Pharm Res. 2010 May;33(5):775-80. Epub 2010 May 29. PMID: 18675525

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Cassava : CK(7) : AC(4)

Diseases : Inflammation : CK(1001) : AC(341)Pain : CK(593) : AC(90)

Pharmacological Actions : Analgesics : CK(374) : AC(80)Anti-Inflammatory Agents : CK(1159) : AC(412)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3297) : AC(1135)Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Catnip has spasmolytic and bronchodilatory properties, confirming its traditional use in colic, diarrhea, cough and asthma.

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Pubmed Data : Neurosci Lett. 2011 Jan 3;487(1):70-2. Epub 2010 Oct 7. PMID: 19041706

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Catnip : CK(6) : AC(4)

Diseases : Bronchial Asthma : CK(974) : AC(131)Colic : CK(84) : AC(12)Cough : CK(14) : AC(2),Diarrhea : CK(519) : AC(69)

Pharmacological Actions : Antispasmodic : CK(110) : AC(29)Bronchodilator Agents : CK(46) : AC(11)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3297) : AC(1135)Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Certain traditional plant treatments for diabetes, namely agrimony, alfalfa, coriander, eucalyptus and juniper, can retard the development of streptozotocin diabetes in mice.

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Pubmed Data : Diabetologia. 1990 Aug;33(8):462-4. PMID: 2210118

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Agrimony : CK(15) : AC(12)Alfalfa : CK(20) : AC(6)Coriandrum sativum : CK(53) : AC(27)Eucalyptus : CK(80) : AC(22)Juniper : CK(8) : AC(7)

Diseases : Diabetes Mellitus: Type 1 : CK(1003) : AC(215)

Pharmacological Actions : Hypoglycemic Agents : CK(538) : AC(152)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Coconut husk fiber contains compounds with pain and inflammation-killing activities.

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Pubmed Data : J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Apr 21;122(3):541-6. Epub 2009 Feb 7. PMID: 19429325

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Coconut : CK(135) : AC(35)Coconut Husk/Fiber : CK(12) : AC(8)

Diseases : Inflammation : CK(1001) : AC(341)Pain : CK(593) : AC(90)

Pharmacological Actions : Analgesics : CK(374) : AC(80)Anti-Inflammatory Agents : CK(1159) : AC(412)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3297) : AC(1135)Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Coriandrum sativum has diuretic properties.

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Pubmed Data : J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Jan 4;115(1):89-95. Epub 2007 Sep 16. PMID: 17961943

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Coriandrum sativum : CK(53) : AC(27)

Diseases : Water Retention : CK(37) : AC(11)

Pharmacological Actions : Diuretics : CK(45) : AC(11)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3297) : AC(1135)Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Devil's claw (H. procumbens) exhibits a uterotonic effect in the rat uterus, lending pharmacological credence to the suggested folkloric obstetric uses of the plant's secondary root for induction and/or acceleration of labour, as well as for expelling ret

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Pubmed Data : J Smooth Muscle Res. 2009 Oct;45(5):231-9. PMID: 19907121

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Devils Claw : CK(24) : AC(7)

Diseases : Uterus: Contraction/Expulsion Disorders : CK(331) : AC(10)

Pharmacological Actions : Uterotonic : CK(34) : AC(11)

Additional Keywords : Midwifery Plants : CK(2) : AC(1)Plant Extracts : CK(3297) : AC(1135),Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Earthworm paste has gastroprotective properties and is superior to the drug ranitidine in preventing experimentally induced gastric ulcer.

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Pubmed Data : Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Mar;14(3):171-6. PMID: 20391954

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Earthworms : CK(6) : AC(3)

Diseases : Gastric Ulcer : CK(254) : AC(98)

Pharmacological Actions : Anti-Ulcer Agents : CK(160) : AC(58)Gastroprotective : CK(57) : AC(29)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)Superiority of Natural Substances versus Drugs : CK(897) : AC(173)

Noni has demonstratable wound healing properties, confirming its traditional use in Polynesian medicine.

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Pubmed Data : Phytother Res. 2010 Oct;24(10):1437-41. PMID: 20878690

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Noni : CK(85) : AC(43)

Diseases : Wound Healing : CK(214) : AC(69)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Noni has immunostimulatory activity on T and B lymphocytes, confirming its traditional use in the treatment of infections.

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Pubmed Data : Pharm Biol. 2010 Jul;48(7):724-31. PMID: 20645768

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Noni : CK(85) : AC(43)

Diseases : Immune Disorders: Low Immune Function : CK(483) : AC(116)

Pharmacological Actions : Immunomodulatory : CK(516) : AC(145)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Parsley's traditional use as a diuretic is supported by its inhibition of water absorption.

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Pubmed Data : J Ethnopharmacol. 2002 Mar;79(3):353-7. PMID: 11849841

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Parsley : CK(16) : AC(10)

Diseases : Water Retention : CK(37) : AC(11)

Pharmacological Actions : Diuretics : CK(45) : AC(11)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Patchouli has analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity.

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Pubmed Data : Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2009 Nov 20. Epub 2009 Nov 20. PMID:19933324

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Patchouli : CK(15) : AC(6)

Diseases : Inflammation : CK(1001) : AC(341)Pain : CK(593) : AC(90)

Pharmacological Actions : Analgesics : CK(374) : AC(80)Anti-Inflammatory Agents : CK(1159) : AC(412)Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors : CK(274) : AC(167)Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Alpha Inhibitor : CK(1005) : AC(351)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Rehmannia activates intracellular antioxidant enzyme systems in mouse auditory cells, confirming its traditional use for treating auditory diseases.

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Pubmed Data : Am J Chin Med. 2006;34(6):1083-93. PMID: 17163596

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Rehmannia : CK(145) : AC(36)

Diseases : Auditory Diseases : CK(3) : AC(2)

Pharmacological Actions : Antioxidants : CK(3530) : AC(1293)

Additional Keywords : Science Confirms Tradition : CK(64) : AC(43)

Schisandra fruit has a therapeutic effect in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection.

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Pubmed Data : Phytother Res. 2007 Sep;21(9):895-7. PMID: 11154048

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Schisandra : CK(129) : AC(44)

Diseases : Hepatitis C : CK(400) : AC(62)

Pharmacological Actions : Antiviral Agents : CK(627) : AC(290)

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