Indian Sarsaparilla Found to be Active against Cancer

A plant used for centuries in traditional medicine in Asia and South America could prove to be a valuable ally in the fight against cancer. In an article published in the scientific journal Oncotarget, a group of researchers has shown how the sarsaparilla extract (Hemidesmus indicus) is able to kill cancer cells while activating the defense mechanisms of the immune system: a particular anti-tumor ability known as “immunogenic cell death” which had never been observed before in a product of natural origin.

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Every year, this 1,400-year-old Ginkgo tree covers a Buddhist temple in gold

In autumn, the gingko tree sheds its golden leaves in preparation for winter and gifts us with a magical, golden landscape. A great example of this wonderful sight has been reoccurring every year (for 1,400 years!) at the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains region of China.

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