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The Return of Age-Old Remedies

Whether we wish to treat wrinkles or serious ailments, the future of medicine may well be heavily influenced by ancient folk remedies. Scientists from London’s Kingston University, in collaboration with Neal’s Yard Remedies, a brand of beauty products in Britain, recently have “rediscovered” some of the benefits of rose, white tea, and witch hazel. Their research suggests that these plants contain a number of naturally occurring substances that appear to block inflammatory processes.The research team investigated 21 plant extracts and found that white tea offered the most beneficial results. “Indeed, it appeared that drinking a simple cup of white tea might well help reduce an individual’s risk of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, or even just age-associated wrinkles,” Kingston University professor Declan Naughton said. Encouraged, the scientists launched a new study seeking to replicate the findings in human skin cells. Their main concern was to monitor anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. As reported on the Kingston University website, “the researchers added three different concentrations of white …

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