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Use of the Herb Gynostemma Pentaphyllum and the Blue-green Algae Spirulina Platensis in Horses [ PDF ]

  title={Use of the Herb Gynostemma Pentaphyllum and the Blue-green Algae Spirulina Platensis in Horses [ PDF ]},
  author={Eleanor M. Kellon},
While the use of botanicals/herbs and other naturally occurring substances is considered by many to be little more than folklore, there is growing interest in subjecting these remedies to the hard hard light of modern science in an effort to validity of therapeutic claims and define their chemical composition. Some fail the test, others emerge confirmed as not only useful but sometimes in ways in that have no counterpart in available pharmaceutics. I would like to describe two such “natural… 

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  • H. TanZ. LiuM. Liu
  • Biology
    Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he za zhi Zhongguo Zhongxiyi jiehe zazhi = Chinese journal of integrated traditional and Western medicine
  • 1993
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