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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Preventing curing onset of cataract

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Rizal Philippines
September 1, 2015







Yesterday, I had new glasses outfitted.  The edges of the lenses were chipped and besides, I have been experiencing blurred vision lately.  When my eyes were checked, the optometrist said I was progressing towards cataract.  Probably because of my diabetes.  The grade a the left went up (this had progressive sign of cataract) while the right eye's grade went down.  But the thought of having cataract of course saddened me.  So I researched on cataract. (Although we had students who were cataract surgeons)

What are cataracts?  They are blind spots or opacities in the eye lenses brought about by advancing age.   It comes earlier with elderly with diabetes (I am 64 with signs of diabetes) About half of 65 years or above would have cataracts (so that puts me in the statistics) and 1,500,000 cataract operations are done annually in the USA. (In the Philippines, because of Philhealth provision there is a slew of cataract operations)   Many opha have free cataract operations in the south.

In India, there is the Aravind hospital that caters to many Indian poor who have cataracts for as low as $5@ operations

From Dr. Whitaker - one of USAs trusted wellness doctor

Monday, August 31, 2015

Health Benefits of Papaya Leaves - anti malaria, anti dengue, anti cancer, anti diabetes

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Rizal Philippines
August 31, 2015


From StyleCraze

From Hulda Clark Zappers

This blogger just read an article that Papaya leaves tea can help balance blood sugar.  We had plenty of Papaya before and ignored  their leaves not knowing what it could do for my diabetes. Now I know better.

Its some benefits as published:

1.  anti malaria
2.  anti dengue
3.  anti cancer
4.  balances blood sugar
5.  strengthen the immune system.




1. Dengue is a deadly disease caused by dengue virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. This disease can be fatal at times and is characterized by symptoms such as high fever with headache, severe muscle pain, joint pain, red rashes on the body that can cause itching and a drastic drop in platelets count. So far no specific medicine has been formulated for this disease. Painkillers like Aspirin and Ibuprofen have their own side effects. Papaya leaf juice is a traditional method of curing dengue fever without posing any side effects. Scientific research and several case studies have indicated that papaya leaf juice contains the enzymes chymopapin and papain that boost platelets, also known as thrombocytes and also relieve symptoms. Pharmaceutical companies are already using papaya leaf extract preparations in the form of capsules and liquid formulas. The doctors recommend taking 20 to 25 ml of this juice twice a day for a week for quick results.
2. Papaya leaf has been found to possess anti- malarial properties as well. Thus, papaya leaf juice is often used in some parts of the world as a prophylactic for preventing malaria in certain endemic regions.
3. The greatest anti-cancer properties of papaya are concentrated in its leaf extract. According to a research conducted by the journal of Ethnopharmacology, papaya leaf juice contains certain enzymes that have dramatic cancer fighting properties against a wide range of tumors such as cervix cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer without any toxic effects on the body.  As a result, papaya leaf extract is often recommended as part of chemotherapy in some parts of the world. By regulating the T-cells, papaya leaf extract increases the immune system’s response to cancer.

 Papaya leaves contain important nutrients such as vitamins A, B1, C and E, calories, protein, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron and water. Pleaf juice has an important enzyme called papain that aids in digestion by breaking down the proteins naturally.
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5. Papaya leaf juice contains over 50 active ingredients including the karpain compounds that inhibit microorganisms such as fungi, worms, parasites, bacteria as well as many forms of cancer cells. It is often used in herbal medicines to remove intestinal worms as it contains tannins that protect the intestine from re-infection from tanning proteins in the lining of the intestinal wall. This way the worms cannot attach themselves. Thus, they are effective in suppressing the cause of typhoid fever.
6. Another amazing benefit of papaya leaf juice is its ability to fight viral infection such as the common cold virus. It is a natural way of regenerating white blood cells and platelets. Papaya leaves contain over 50 ingredients including the vitamins A, C and E that support the immune system.
7. Fresh papaya leaves boiled with sliced pieces of orange aid in burning fat as papaya leaf juice is a perfect reducing agent.
8. Papaya leaf juice is effective in relieving menstrual pain. For this purpose, take 1 papaya leaf, add tamarind and salt, mix with a glass of water and boil. Drink this concoction after cooling it for relief.

Skin Benefits of Papaya Leaf Juice:

Papaya fruit is great for your skin and is incorporated in several face packs and skin care products to give you a healthy and glowing skin. Apart from the fruit, papaya leaf juice is beneficial for the skin in the following ways.
9. Papaya leaf juice has a higher content of vitamins A and C in comparison to the fruit, which promote skin health.
10. Papaya leaf juice acts as a skin cleansing agent. This can be attributed to the presence of karpain compounds that inhibit microorganisms and other toxins, thus giving you a clear skin and providing protection against skin problems like pimples, freckles and blemishes.
11. Juice of papaya leaves is effective in treating eczema. You can apply it on your affected areas after scrubbing.
12. Fresh papaya leaf juice helps in healing open wounds and sores.
13. The milky juice extracted from the tip of papaya leaves can soften the hardened skin or the corn/wart on the feet.
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Hair Benefits of Papaya Leaf Juice:

Due to the abundance of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, papaya leaf extract is often used in a number of hair care formulations like shampoos and conditioners to promote hair growth, strengthen the hair shaft and ward off problems like balding, thinning, dandruff etc. Papaya leaf juice has the following benefits for hair.
14. Papaya leaf juice is often used by health care stores or salons for hair treatment. When used as a conditioner along with other ingredients like coconut milk and honey, it adds shine to dull, lifeless hair and softens coarse and unruly hair.
15. Papaya leaf extract is particularly used as an ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoos meant to control flakes and prevent dandruff. Due to the presence of karpain compounds, it is effective in removing dirt and oil, as well as chemical build up from hair without any side effects.

Health Benefits of Makabuhay Plants (Tinospora Cordifolia)

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Rizal Philippines
August 31, 2015

From Medical Health Guide - Health Benefits of Makabuhay

Health Benefits of Makabuhay from Stuart Exchange

Scientific Name: Tinospora cordifolia
Also knows as:
Makabuhay (Tagalog), Heavenly elixir (English), Guduchi, Gulancha Tinospora (India) 


There is a makabuhay plant growing in front of our house.  I understand this has medicinal use, and there are plenty of health benefits.

It has been known to be used for abortion (contrary to its) name, But its main benefits include:
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1. anti malaria
2.  anti cancer
3.  for treatment of HIV
4.  as poultice for treatment of wounds, scabies and other flesh wounds.
5.  anti fever
6.  diabetes
7.  vs. gout and arthritis
8.  malaria,
9.  impotence
10.  hepatitis
11.  anemia



  • Makabuhay roots, stems and leaves are used as herbal treatment for fevers, Malaria. Makabuhay leaves and roots are pounded then dissolved in cold water. Applied with a soft cloth over the nape, forehead, underarms and other body parts to bring down the body temperature.
  • Most of the medicinal uses and health benefits of Makabuhay listed are based on traditional beliefs and practices.
  • Makabuhay poultice is used to treat gout, arthritis, and rheumatism by reducing pain and edema.
  • Makabuhay is used to treat skin diseases (athlete’s foot, scabies, etc.), promotes wound healing and alleviate skin itching.
  • makabuhay pouticeMakabuhay tonic is believed to promote overall good health and longevity, improves memory, improves skin tone and texture, and provides energy.
  • Makabuhay tonic is also used to treat fever and malaria.
  • Makabuhay tonic is used to treat gastrointestinal and digestive problems, which includes diarrhea, hyperacidity, abdominal pains, gas pains (kabag), vomiting, dyspepsia, dysentery, colitis, constipation, loss of appetite and even worm infestation.
  • Makabuhay is also used in the treatment of diabetes, heart problems, hepatitis, anemia, impotence, tuberculosis, jaundice,


Makabuhay, Herbal Medicine Preparation

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Makabuhay tea or tonic preparation:
  • gather fresh Makabuhay leaves and stems,
  • cut in small pieces
  • wash with fresh water
  • boil 50 grams of Makabuhay leaves to a liter of water
  • let it seep for 10 minutes
  • remove from heat
  • Strain
  • drink while warm up to 2 cups a day.
Makabuhay poultice
  • gather fresh leaves, stems and roots
  • wash with fresh clean water
  • pound in a mortar
  • grounded leaves and stems may be applied or a juice extract may be used
  • other herbs and coconut oil may also be mixed.
  • Applied directly onto the affected area.
Makabuhay decoction
A spoonful of dried leaves and thinly chopped stems are boiled in a cup of water. Drink one cup per day.


Makabuhay, Scientific Studies - Medical Uses


Diabetes and Tinospora Cordifolia
A research conducted in the Indian Medicine Research Laboratory in Sri Ramachandra University, studied the mechanism of the active ingredients of Tinospora cordifolia against key marker cells of insulin dependent glucose transporter-4 (Glut-4) and the predominant protein that influences glucose metabolism. According to results, the Glut-4 and the dominant protein were modulated by Tinospora cordifolia, Moreover, the uptake of glucose was likewise mediated suggesting the anti-diabetic properties of TC compounds. (Phytomedicine Feb 2013: Anti-diabetic Property of Tinospora Cordifolia)


Anti-Radiation Properties of Tinospora Cordifolia
In a clinical report from the Radiation and Cancer Biology Laboratory of the University of Rajasthan, India, the anti-radiation property of Tinospora cordifolia has been positively identified.  In the study of a group of male mice that was subjected to gamma radiation, results have shown that those pre-treated with Tinospora cordifolia extracts exhibited less testicular lesions as compared to a control group. This suggests the radiation protective activity of Tinospora cordifolia in testicular radiation induced lesions. (eCAM 2011: Radiation-induced Testicular Injury and its Amelioration by Tinospora Cordifolia Extract)

Anti-Cancer Properties of Tinospora cordifolia
The Division of Ethnopharmacology of Loyola College in India conducted a study on the effects of Tinospora cordifolia extracts against induced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in rats to determine its potential use in cancer therapy. Results have shown that those treated with Tinospora cordifolia extracts (TCE) exhibited an increased level of antioxidants and detoxification enzymes, and decreased serum transaminase level and hepatic marker enzymes to near normal. TCE likewise reduced tumor incidence and reversed the damaged hepatocytes to normal. The study concludes that TCE exhibits preventive effect against chemically induced hepatocellular carcinoma in rats and further suggests that Tinospora cordifolia extract can be a potent chemopreventive drug for HCC. (Investigational New Drugs, August 2011: Chemopreventive potential of Epoxy clerodane diterpene from Tinospora cordifolia against diethylnitrosamine-induced hepatocellular carcinoma)

Tinospora cordifolia activity against Allergy
The efficacy of Tinospora cordifolia (TC) extract in patients of allergic rhinitis was assessed in a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial in the Department of Pharmacology, Indira Gandhi Medical College, India. Results have shown that those treated with Tinospora cordifolia extracts exhibited less symptoms as against those who were not. The statistical results indicated a significant difference that confirms the effectiveness of Tinospora  cordifolia against allergic rhinitis. (Journal of Ethnopharmacology. January 2005: Efficacy of Tinospora cordifolia in allergic rhinitis)
Effects of Tinospora cordifolia to Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
The Division of Endocrinology, University of Göttingen in Germany conducted a laboratory investigation on the effects of beta-Ecdysone (ECD), a steroid found in Tinospora cordifolia extract on joints, epiphyseal cartilage and trabecular tissues in rats. The study has shown that rats subjected to treatment of ECD have developed thicker joint cartilage and thicker epiphyseal growth plate. The study suggests that Tinospora cordifolia has antiosteoporotic effects and may be of value in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis which is of increasing importance due to aging and obesity among individuals. (Phytomedicine, April 2010: Beneficial effects of beta-Ecdysone on the joint, epiphyseal cartilage tissue and trabecular bone in ovariectomized rats)