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Plant Intelligence – A Philosophical Discourse on Cognitive Awareness in Plants

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

Plant Intelligence – A Philosophical Discourse on Cognitive Awareness in Plants

PLANT INTELLIGENCE A GARDEN CHAT Dr jillian stansbury “A system is cognitive if and only if sensory inputs serve to trigger actions in a specific way….”  From an article on Artificial Life, Polytechnic Institute, Massachussets   Meanderings on Phytophenomenology Higher plants represent about 99% of the eukaryotic biomass of the planet. Plants are certainly successful as a life form, which itself is evidence that they have “skills”.  Some believe that the phytophemonological skills that plants display is evidence of “intelligence”.  The...

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HIBISCUS AND VASCULAR HEALTH – Research Summary

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HIBISCUS AND VASCULAR HEALTH – Research Summary

HIBISCUS AND VASCULAR HEALTH © Dr Jillian Stansbury High flavinol plants have been discussed in the herbal literature for several decades now, with an emphasis on broad anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activity combined with virtually no toxicity and an overall nutritive quality. The research on antioxidant and inflammatory activity will not be presented here as these activities have been well reported and reported on for some time now. Rather, this paper will briefly review the lesser well known hormonal activities of flavinoids, and then...

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THE APIACEAE FAMILY – Medicinal Plant Research Summary

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

THE APIACEAE FAMILY – Medicinal Plant Research Summary

THE APIACIAE (UMBELL) FAMILY ©  Jillian Stansbury ND The Apiaceae Family (Formerly Ubellifereae Family) includes over 300 genera and over 3,000 species. The family is most abundant in the northern hemisphere, though can be found worldwide. The common carrot, Daucus carota, subspecies sativus is probably the most well known, most widely cultivated and most important Apiacea species economically, however many family members are important culinary and medicinal plants. These include angelica, anise, caraway, celeriac, celery, chervil, coriander,...

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POWER OVER PROZAC – The Use of Herbal Medicines to Withdraw from SSRIs

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

POWER OVER PROZAC  – The Use of Herbal Medicines to Withdraw from SSRIs

POWER OVER PROZAC –  The Use of Herbal Medicine to Withdraw from SSRIS Jill E Stansbury ND WEANING FROM PHARMACEUTICALS ANTIDEPRESSANTS SSRI Withdrawal Long-term use of SSRIs leads to down regulation of serotonergic activity, as the tissues adjust to the presence or elevated serotonin levels. Withdrawing from SSRIs too abruptly can lead to many unpleasant symptoms, and can even be potentially fatal. It is necessary to wean down gradually from these drugs and allow the brain to increase the number of serotonin receptors and readjust. The...

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PETASITES FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

PETASITES FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

PETASITES FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION © Dr Jillian Stansbury There are between 15 and 20 species in the Petasites genus and all have been used for pain, inflammation, and allergic hyperreactivity. Petasites species are large-leaved, moisture-loving woodland plants native to temperate woodlands of northern Asia, Europe, and North America. Petasites species are sometimes referred to with the general name Sweet Coltsfoot, because of similarity to Tussilago. Petasites are in the Senecioneae Tribe of the Asteraceae family. Petasites hybridus, the...

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PHYTOESTROGEN BASICS

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PHYTOESTROGEN BASICS

PHYTOESTROGEN BASICS © Dr Jillian Stansbury Phytoestrogens are natural compounds from plants that are able to bind to estrogen receptors and elicit a variety of hormonal effects. Because many types of breast and prostate cancer involve altered and excessive hormonal stimulation of these organs, phytoestrogens may be an important tool for improving hormonal balance in these cancers.   Embryologic development of the breasts, prostate and reproductive organs involves both estrogens and androgens. Exposure to some exogenous estrogens in the...

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HERBAL THERAPIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

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HERBAL THERAPIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION – A MATERIA MEDICA REVIEW © Jillian Stansbury By numerous accounts, a large percentage of the US population is using anti-depressant and anxiolytic medications. This may say a lot about the condition of the human heart and soul. A 2005 survey done by Kaiser Permanente reported that the use of anti-depressants by youth, mostly SSRIs , doubled in the decade between 1994 and 2003. There is growing concern and controversy regarding the use of such medications in children, with many physicians pointing out that the potential...

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ESTROGEN-PROGESTERONE ENERGETICS – The Metaphysical Side of Hormonal Cycles

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

ESTROGEN-PROGESTERONE ENERGETICS – The Metaphysical Side of Hormonal Cycles

ESTROGEN-PROGESTERONE ENERGETICS © Dr Jillian E Stansbury Hormonal imbalances, especially female hormonal difficulties are extremely common in clinical practice. The following discussion aims to examine common estrogen/progesterone rhythms in terms of an energetic structure. My related article on “The Doctrine of Signatures”, helps to lay a useful background to these ideas and would best be read first. The Four Elements Theory I have found the Four Elements Theory a serviceable tool for considering herbal qualities, bodily pathologies, and...

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THE DOCTRINE OF SIGNATURES – Dr Jillian Stansbury’s Perspectives

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

THE DOCTRINE OF SIGNATURES – Dr Jillian Stansbury’s Perspectives

DOCTRINE OF SIGNATURES A STUDY IN MORPHOLOGY –The Significance of Shape and Form. © Jillian E Stansbury ND “Science sacrifices more and more the possibility of making ‘living’ the phenomena immediately perceptible by our senses, but only lays bare the mathematical, formal nucleus of the process” Heisenburg, 19th century physicist. The ancient Doctrine of Signatures proposes that one may glean information from a plant just by observing its shape, color, and appearance. An enlightened eye can indeed, observe the forces of nature at work in a...

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PHOTOSENSITIZING HERBS – For Skin Disease and Cancers

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PHOTOSENSITIZING HERBS – For Skin Disease and Cancers

PHOTOSENSITIZING HERBS – FOR SKIN DISEASES AND CANCERS Jillian E Stansbury ND Although photosensitizing herbs are a cause of concern for obvious skin damage and dermal inflammation, they also have many medicinal effects when used in appropriate dosages. The main photosensitizing herbs are in the Apiacea family, but Monarda of the Lamiacea family is photosensitizing, and the most potent photosensitizer known is hypercin in Hypericum of the Hyperiacea Family. The Apiacea family plants have photosensitizing effects because of a certain...

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