Qu Huangzhang, a famous Chinese doctor developed Yunnan paiyao in the Yunnan province of China in the early 1900’s. The Yunnan province is known as “the Kingdom of Fauna and Flora” for its vast supply of plants and animals used in Chinese medicinals.
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Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) has been used from time immemorial by the North American Indians as a yellow dye and as a bitter tonic.
“The Indians dye their bright yellow with the root of a plant which might very well be called radix flava Americana. This root is generally from one to three inches long, and about one-half an inch in diameter, and sends out a great number of small filaments in every direction except upward; these filaments re as yellow as the body of the root itself, From the root there grows up a stalk about a foot from the ground, and at the top is one broad leaf. A red berry, in shape and size resembling a raspberry, but of a deeper red, grows on the top of the leaf. This berry is ripe in July. ”
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A little background
The name lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means “to wash.” Lavender may have earned this name because it was frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit. However, this herb has also been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled.
What research says
According to the Natural Medicines, Comprehensive Data Base, compiled by the editors of Pharmacist Letter and Prescriber’s Letter, two of Lavender’s constituents, both members of a class of compound known as monoterpenes; perillyl alcohol, and limonenes “are reported to have anticancer activity in vitro and in experimental animals”. In addition, Lavender is being investigated for treating human breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.
With this in mind, I would like to share with the reader, my observation on the uses of Lavender Essential Oil and Flower, in hopes that it could help those in need and perhaps, stimulate further Medical interest.
In 1993, a study announced at the American Association Cancer Research (AARC), annual meeting, which was held in Orlando, FL, May 19-22, 1993. The study was on the uses of perillyl alcohol and limonenes, from Lavender Essential Oil, in reducing cancerous tumors in rats. Dr. Michael N. Gould, reported that “60% to 80% of the tumors completely regressed when laboratory rats were fed perillyl alcohol.” According to Dr. Gould, “the nature of their effectiveness is as follows; as agents of prevention, these components, appear to spur enzymes that detoxify dangerous carcinogens.”