To overcome that barrier, the researchers analyzed patterns among 8411 compounds from 240 Chinese herbs in relation to the categories found in traditional Chinese medicine. Organizing their findings in a kind of herbal "map," their results reveal that many categories in Chinese medicine are amenable to translation to Western terminology. TCM's "fire poison" group, for example, is comparable to today's family of anti-inflammatory medicines. Now, future researchers will better understand the chemical basis of remedies that have been in use for thousands of years, the study indicated.
"This is likely to be of benefit both in the search for new drugs and, equally significantly, in understanding how Chinese medicine works," say the authors.
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"Phytochemical Informatics of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Therapeutic Relevance"
David J. Barlow, Ph.D.
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Boiled peanuts pack big antioxidant punch
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Boiled peanuts, a regional treat from the southern United States, may be
as healthy as they are delicious. In the Oct. 31 issue of ACS' Journal
of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Alabama scientists report that
boiling these legumes imbues them with more antioxidants than roasted
peanuts or peanut butter.
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