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Fukushima & Beyond: Research on Herbs for Protection from Radiation

Saturday | September 06, 2014 | 10:00 am — 12:30 pm

This class examines botanical species that are being studied for their protective effects against radiation. The first section will review the radioactive elements and types of radiation, where they are coming from, how they accumulate in the environment and the body, and how they threaten health. The second section will examine the various radio-protective mechanisms through which plant-based medicines may work, including activation of antioxidant defenses, prevention of hepatotoxicity, anti-inflammatory processes, detoxification pathways, anti-mutagenic and immune-modulatory actions. The third section will review radio-protective properties of common herbs such as ginger, turmeric, aloe, neem and milk thistle, as well as lesser-known species being researched such as Adhatoda vasica, Piper longum, and Boerhaavia diffusa.

A brief review of relevant literature on the increasing levels of environmental radiation reveals ample reason for developing and implementing a comprehensive regimen of botanical preparations for supporting health; for clinicians, this knowledge can also be applied to patients who are going through medical radiotherapy.

Space is limited, register online. Pre-registration required as class is held off-site.

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Cost: $35
Event Phone: 415-524-8693
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