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It is widely grown as a fodder crop, valued for its nitrogen fixation which increases soil fertility. For these reasons it is used as a green manure crop. Several Cultivar Groups have been selected for agricultural use, mostly derived from var. sativum. It has become naturalised in many temperate areas, including the Americas and Australasia as an escape from cultivation.
The isoflavones and phytoestrogens from Red Clover have been used to treat the symptoms of menopause. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid ingesting Red Clover. It has also been reported that red clover can be used for therapeutic purposes for coughs, bronchitis, eczema, sores, scrofula and can be gargled for mouth ulcers and sore throats. It has been shown to contain compounds like caffeic acid that starve tumors and reduce inflammation.
Trifolium pratense var. pratense Widespread.
Trifolium pratense var. americanum Southeastern Europe (despite the name).
Trifolium pratense var. frigidum Mountains of central and southern Europe (Pyrenees, Alps, Balkans).
Trifolium pratense var. maritimum Southern Baltic Sea coast.
Trifolium pratense var. parviflorum Europe.
Trifolium pratense var. sativum Mediterranean region. Robust-growing, with hairless or nearly hairless foliage.
Trifolium pratense var. villosum Alps. Densely hairy foliage.
Wolfberry leaves may be used to make tea and Lycium root bark (called dìgǔpí; 地骨皮 in Chinese) for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment of inflammatory and some types of skin diseases. A glucopyranoside and phenolic amides isolated from wolfberry root bark have inhibitory activity in vitro against human pathogenic bacteria and fungi.
An early mention of wolfberry occurs in the 7th century Tang Dynasty treatise Yaoxing Lun. It is also discussed in the 16th century Ming Dynasty Compendium of Materia Medica of Li Shizhen.
Marketing literature for wolfberry products including several "goji juices" suggest that wolfberry polysaccharides have extensive biological effects and health benefits, although none of these claims have been supported by peer-reviewed research. Wolfberry polysaccharides show antioxidant activity in vitro. Although the macromolecular structure of wolfberry polysaccharides has not been elucidated, preliminary structural studies appear to indicate that they exist in the form of complex glycoconjugates.
Wolfberry also contains zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid antioxidant, and a human supplementation trial showed that daily intake of wolfberries increased plasma levels of zeaxanthin.
A May 2008 clinical study published by the peer-reviewed Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine indicated that parametric data, including body weight, did not show significant differences between subjects receiving Lycium barbarum berry juice and subjects receiving the placebo. The study concluded that subjective measures of health were improved and suggested further research in humans was necessary.
Several published studies, mostly from China, have also reported possible medicinal benefits of Lycium barbarum, especially due to its antioxidant properties, including potential benefits against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, vision-related diseases (such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma), having neuroprotective properties or as an anticancer and immunomodulatory agent.
Originally posted by fullmoonfairy
If I had seen this earlier I would have responded asap!!The item I am looking for is a something natural I might have to rely on for serious pain if modern pharm becomes unavailable.
I have some back problems that I have been under treatment for, for many years. Herniated discs, trigger points, disc disease, and nerve damage are the culprits I fight every day.
Sometimes it gets so inflamed that I miss work and have to rely on a couple of prescriptions just to help me get through the day. I am very worried that nothing will be able to help me at some point (other than the evil drugs I am used to taking) and would like to know of some alternitive herb that is effective for pain.
Any ideas would be VERY much appreciated!
Thanks for the great thread,