Kratom, the ‘herbal heroin’ from Indonesia that has US drug agencies worried

In Indonesia, the country’s narcotics agency wants the health ministry to classify kratom as a first-class psychotropic, like heroin and cocaine. A drug offence in this category results in a maximum …

In Indonesia, the country’s narcotics agency wants the health ministry to classify kratom as a first-class psychotropic, like heroin and cocaine. A drug offence in this category results in a maximum …

High Blood Pressure: Herbal Remedies May Inspire Future Treatments

People have used herbs as medicine for thousands of years. Today, with medical researchers continually hunting for better alternative treatments, some are revisiting these remedies. A recent study looks at herbs that people believe can treat hypertension.

Antihypertensive medications work well for some people but not for others, and the side effects can be unpleasant.

For these reasons, researchers are keen to find innovative ways to tackle the growing issue of hypertension.

The fact that people have used these treatments for millennia is certainly not evidenced that they are effective, but they are surely worth a second look.

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine recently zeroed in on a group of plants that have, historically, been a treatment for hypertension. They published their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Diverse Plants

Under the leadership of Prof. Geoff Abbott, Ph.D., they identified a bioactive trait that all of the extracts shared. This trait, the scientists believe, might help explain why some herbs appear to have mild antihypertensive properties.

Not all herbs are equal

When they compared plant species, the researchers found differing levels of KCNQ5 activity. “Lavandula angustifolia, commonly called lavender, was among those we studied,” Prof. Abbot explains. “We discovered it to be among the most efficacious KCNQ5 potassium channel activators, along with fennel seed extract and chamomile.”

Interestingly, current medications do not target the KCNQ5 channel. Spotting this gap in the drug market, Prof. Abbott hopes that the “discovery of these botanical KCNQ5-selective potassium channel openers may enable the development of future targeted therapies for diseases including hypertension.”

For now, though, people should not switch their current hypertension treatments for herbal remedies.

Medical News Today

Point Pleasant Beach Council Pulls ‘Kratom’ Ban

Kratom is marketed for its psychoactive and opioid-like analgesic effects, the council says. “The mayor and council are concerned by the health problems posed by the use of kratom, the potential …

Kratom is marketed for its psychoactive and opioid-like analgesic effects, the council says. “The mayor and council are concerned by the health problems posed by the use of kratom, the potential …

The first cannabis cafe in the U.S. opens in Los Angeles

according to the state’s cannabis portal. Recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in nearly a dozen states, and 65% of Americans now think it should be legal — a record high in CBS News …

according to the state’s cannabis portal. Recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in nearly a dozen states, and 65% of Americans now think it should be legal — a record high in CBS News …

What are GMOs in Australia?

What is GMO food? ‘GMO food’ is food that’s been unnaturally genetically modified to express certain traits that make them more beneficial to us as a species. You might think this sounds scary, but GMO foods are much more common and much safer than you might think.

GMO meaning: What is genetically modified food?

Genetically modified organisms⁠—known largely as GMOs—are simply living things that undergo the process of genetic engineering. Oftentimes, when people think about GMOs, they think about plants and crops, but that’s not all it’s limited to. GMOs can extend to small organisms such as bacteria or fungi, or even animals such as goats and pigs.

Most GMOs these days are indeed food, and a lot of them have been appearing on your supermarket shelves for decades. The first genetically modified foods that were commercially available were FLAVR SAVR tomatoes, made available in 1992. These tomatoes were modified to be sturdier and more resistant to bruising while being transported.

What are the pros and cons of genetically modified foods?

Pros

GMO crops yield bigger harvests with more nutritional content while using less water and reducing carbon emissions. GMOs are also cheaper to produce than their natural counterparts. GM foods have been in circulation for more than two decades, and there are thousands of studies affirming their safety for consumption.

Cons

Some GMOs have the potential to introduce different toxins or allergens into foods that might have otherwise been allergen-free. GMOs are not naturally occurring organisms, and there’s a small potential for them to permanently affect our environment.

Misconceptions about GMO wheat

There’s a growing movement of people who think that some species of wheat have been genetically modified, with some even blaming GMO wheat for the rise in celiac and gluten sensitivity. Conspiracies aside, the accepted consensus is that GMO wheat is not sold commercially anywhere in the world.

Better Homes and Gardens

VIDEO — Health Canada Suspends CannTrust’s Cannabis Production

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The Investing News Network brings investors … CannTrust product — following the ruling from Health Canada, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission announced it would ask CannTrust …

Strong Opposition Expected Against ‘Kratom’ Ban In Point Beach

Kratom is marketed for its psychoactive and opioid-like analgesic effects, the council says. “The mayor and council are concerned by the health problems posed by the use of kratom, the potential …

Kratom is marketed for its psychoactive and opioid-like analgesic effects, the council says. “The mayor and council are concerned by the health problems posed by the use of kratom, the potential …

Area health officials wary to kratom in the region

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Home Remedies For Muscle Cramps

What is a muscle cramp?

It can happen after intense exercise or in the dead of night when you’re doing nothing at all but sleeping. A muscle — say your calf — seizes up without warning, leaving you wincing in pain. You’re having a muscle cramp. It’s an uncontrolled contraction of a muscle or part of a muscle, which makes it tighten and causes pain, explains Madhuri Kale, a physical therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Sometimes also called Charley horses, muscle cramps usually occur in the larger skeletal muscles, such as those in the legs, and are categorized as either non-exercise or exercise-related. The good news is it’s typically temporary and can be soothed with self-care at home.

What causes muscle cramps?

Various factors can contribute to muscle cramps, including launching into an intense exercise regimen without warming up or stretching and then overusing a muscle. Exercise-related muscle cramps are more common than cramps that aren’t related to exercise, says Mark A.W. Andrews, director of physiology at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine located on the campus of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Remedy: Stretch the muscle.

Fortunately, for most who experience occasional muscle cramps, the momentary pain can be soothed at home. Just don’t try to push through the cramp. “Stop using that muscle. Let it relax and stretch it out,” Kale says.

Remedy: Massage the muscle.

Another thing you can do immediately if you have a cramp is to massage the muscle gently. “Massage is going to bring increased blood flow into an area,” Andrews explains. And that’s just what’s needed to help ease your tightened muscle.

Remedy: Apply heat.

Along with massage, applying heat to a cramped muscle is another way to bring more nutrient-rich blood to the area, says Dr. David Kiefer, a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin.

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Recent deaths reignite debate over regulating kratom

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