Caffeine is found in coffee, as well as tea, cola and chocolates cocoa beans, cola nuts, and Guarana. Caffeine is believed to help prevent Parkinson’s disease, a disease marked by low or damaged dopamine levels. Caffeine belongs to a class of compounds called xanthines. Adenosine is another xanthine, which functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain. When adenosine receptors are blocked such as what happens when caffeine occupies them, dopamine…
Salix Alba Botanical Aspirin:  BackgroundWhite willow is famous as the original source of salicylic acid (the forerunner of aspirin). More than two thousand years ago, the Greeks used Salix alba and bark from  other species of willow to treat gout, relieve joint pain and manage fever. Equally long ago, Native Americans were boiling willow to relieve headaches and bathing in it to fight fevers. ChemistryThe effect of willow is due…
Milk thistle refers to the dried fruit of the flowering plant, Silybum marianum. Part of the daisy family, this herb is also called blessed thistle as well as wild artichoke. Milk thistle grows in dry rocky soil.   Its seeds, fruit, and leaves are all used for medicinal purposes.   Milk thistle is described in Chinese pharmacopoeias as 'providing nourishment to restore liver function and balance or yin and yang'…