14 June 2006

Cape Jasmine Treats Diabetes Type II

Most herbs, when facing scientific tests of their efficacy don't work. Cape jasmine (Gardenia jasminoides) fruits, in contrast, does appear to work to treat type 2 diabetes, just as claimed by Chinese herbalists. The herb is currently in animal testing.

It wouldn't be the first time. Aspirin had similar origins.


tovah said...

Chinese herbs are often prescribed in combinations; in combination they enhace each other's effects, can mitigate other actions (if an herb has some functions that you don't want it to do) and create actions that the individual herbs may not do on their own.

Isolating individual compounds from an herb that are then synthesized may work well for pharmeceutical companies, but not necessarily for the patient.

still casted for 5 more days, I do intend to tell you about Harm Reduction when it's off next week.

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

Cast, yucky pooh. Get better soon.

bitter gourd said...

Jasmine is known in alternative health care as an effective anti-depressant, including post-natal depression, and menopause problems.