The Curegarden Research Team
The roots, leaves, bark, fruit and blossoms of plants and trees have been used for medicinal purposes since before recorded history. Teas, tinctures, extracts and poultices made from countless plants have a wide spectrum of use, from soothing sore throats and boosting immunity, to easing congestion and relieving pain, to preventing and treating disease throughout the world. Though most medicines used in the world today are synthetic pharmaceuticals, cultures around the world use medicines derived from trees and plants. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, approximately 80 percent of people worldwide use herbal medicine in some form for at least some of their healthcare concerns.
The 21st century has brought botanicals into focus because of extensive research and practice on botanical herbs by bio scientists and alternative medicine healthcare providers. The knowledge of the health and curative properties of botanicals gained thousands of years ago is finding suitable place in medicine today.
Take the example of good old turmeric that we in India use almost on a daily basis in our food. In both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric is considered a powerful healing agent to fight health problems associated with digestion and liver function. Historically, turmeric has been used as a wound healer. Today, its amazing properties are being studied in connection with therapies for a wide spectrum of ailments ranging from inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Indeed it is considered one of the wonder ingredients of the 21st century.
There is a growing interest worldwide in medicinal botanicals as part of complementary medicine therapies. In particular, both physicians and consumers are becoming aware of the use of botanicals in ancient systems of traditional medicine; many botanicals sold today as dietary supplements were used by native people for similar purposes.
According to herbalists and naturalists, botanical herbs are able to offer a more balanced approach to health and healing because of the micronutrients they contain. These micronutrients work together to give the herbs their healing abilities.
Botanicals in healthcare today
Botanicals have diverse medicinal and useful effects on the body – whether it is to treat diseases or maintain and optimise health.
The long history of use of locally sourced botanics and their positive effects on health is prompting new research projects. Due to extensive research into botanicals, the use of botanical medicines has increased significantly over the last two decades. The World Health Organization reports that 75 to 85 percent of the world's population (outside of the United States) continues to rely on botanical medicines dispensed by traditional healers for primary healthcare, as they have always done.
There have been renewed efforts by scientists to study botanicals, resulting in increased evidence for their safety and efficacy, especially for chronic diseases, and also in their increased acceptance as part of medicine by consumers.
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Livestrong- The benefits of pomegranate juice for the brain
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“Journal of Medicinal Food”; Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) extracts reduce oxidative stress in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats; T.P. Rao; 2005.
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Curegarden represents a dream. A dream of sharing a happier, healthier body and quality of life with the use of nature's best ingredients. Botanics, when extracted for their bioactive compounds, offer a most effective approach to improving well-being and quality of life. It is based on the belief that botanicals of the highest quality would have a positive effect — without any negative side effects — on people's health. Over the years,we have seen and experienced personally the wonderful benefits of these high quality botanical products and are delighted to share them with others.
Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd is India’s leading manufacturer and exporter of standardized botanical extracts for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries for over two decades. With customers in around 40 countries, the company has close to 50 patents to its credit of which majority are commercialized globally. The company has R&D tie ups with international universities from Australia, US and Japan. The highly advanced R&D unit at Arjuna is a complete research facility for phytochemistry, pharmacokinetics, formulation and development, pre-clinical and clinical studies.
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