Unearth the Powers of Healing Plants:
A Collection of Scientific Research
Learn more about the important roles plants play in our lives
Learn about the important roles plants play in our lives as you dig for more details below about the incredible edibles featured in our Summer Flower Show: Fountains of Youth displays.
"Anticancer: A New Way of Life"
The late David Servan-Schreiber, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, was diagnosed with cancer but prolonged his life through diet and lifestyle changes. Find a copy of his book on the topic in the Shop at Phipps.
“Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Extracts from Fruits, Herbs and Spices”
This article from Food Chemistry reviews findings related to the anti-inflammatory properties of fruits, herbs and spices, including chili pepper, allspice, basil, bay leaves, pepper, licorice, nutmeg, oregano, sage, and thyme. Read more.
“Patented Anti-Inflammatory Plant Drug Development from Traditional Medicine”
This article from Phytotherapy Research reviews 38 anti-inflammatory plants and the patented drugs that have been derived from them. You can look for it at your local library by using this citation: Darshan, S., & Doreswamy, R. (2004). Patented antiinﬂammatory plant drug development from traditional medicine. Phytotherapy Research, 343-357.
HERBS AND SPICES
“Biological Activities and Medicinal Properties of Neem (Azadirachta Indica)”
This article in Current Science breaks down the biological activity of some of the compounds extracted from neem and discusses the plant’s various medicinal uses. Read more.
“Collaborative Effects of Diet and Exercise on Cognitive Enhancement”
This article in Nutrition and Health discusses how diet—including consumption of Omega 3s and curcumin—and exercise can enhance neural repair. Read more.
“Health-Promoting Properties of Common Herbs”
This article in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discusses the potential health-promoting and disease-reducing properties of common herbs. Read more.
“Neuroprotection by Spice-Derived Nutraceuticals: You Are What You Eat!”
This article in Molecular Neurobiology explains how nutraceuticals derived from such spices as turmeric, red pepper, black pepper, licorice, clove, ginger, garlic, coriander, and cinnamon target inflammatory pathways, and may prevent neurodegenerative disease. Read more.
“Neuroprotective Effects of Curcumin”
This study in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology explores how curcumin may aid in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Read more.
“Targeting Breast Stem Cells with the Cancer Preventive Compounds Curcumin and Piperine”
This article in Breast Cancer and Research talks about the potential of curcumin and piperine to serve as cancer prevention agents. Read more.
“Targeting Inflammation-Induced Obesity and Metabolic Diseases by Curcumin and Other Nutraceuticals”
This article in the Annual Review of Nutrition explores the potential of curcumin and other spices to curb obesity and its related symptoms. Read more.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
This informational pamphlet on citrus bioflavonoids from Bio-gen Extracts includes three reviews on existing scientific research. Read more.
“Pharmacological Properties of Citrus and their Ancient and Medieval Uses in the Mediterranean Region”
This article in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology discusses the medicinal and traditional uses of citrus, including citron, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and pomelo. Read more.
“Phenolic Composition and Antioxidant Activities in Flesh and Achenes of Strawberries (Fragaria Ananassa)”
This article in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discusses the biological compounds in strawberries that may provide health benefits. Read more.
“Therapeutic Applications of Pomegranate (Punica Granatum L.): A Review”
This article in the Alternative Medicine Review discusses the antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory actions of pomegranate. Read more.
This article in the British Medical Journal takes a look at pomegranate’s medicinal uses in various cultures throughout history. You can look for it at your local library by using this citation: Langley, R. (2000). Why Pomegranate? British Medical Journal, 1153-1154.
GREEN TEA AND RED WINE
“The Morphology, Characteristics and Medicinal Properties of Camellia Sinensis’ Tea”
This literature review in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research discusses green tea’s potential medicinal properties, including its high levels of antioxidants. Read more.
"The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life"
In this book, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Neuroscientist and Surgeon Joseph Maroon, M.D. offers a look at current research on natural compounds—most notably resveratrol, which is found in grapes, grape juice and red wine—that have the potential to activate a specific set of health-promoting genes. Find a copy in the Shop at Phipps.
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Summer Flower Show
- May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
- Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
- Farmers at Phipps
- Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
BETA Art Tours
- First and third Saturdays, July – October 2014
11 a.m. – noon
- Tropical Forest India Festival
- Sept. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
- Sept. 27, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
- Botany in Action: Meet the Scientists
- Sept. 27, 2014
1 – 2:30 p.m.
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting Oct. 2, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Oct. 3, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
- Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
- Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open