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How The Humble Hydrangea Shrub Could Hold The Key To Curing MS, Diabetes and Arthritis
June 04, 2009

Posted on 06/04/2009 10:36:17 PM PDT by Steelfish

How the humble hydrangea shrub could hold the key to curing MS, diabetes and arthritis

By FIONA MACRAE 05th June 2009

It's bright and beautiful flowers bring a splash of colour to gardens all over Britain.

But it seems the hydrangea is more than just a pretty bloom.

A drug made from its roots could be used to treat a raft of common diseases, researchers say.

The colourful shrub - a staple of Chinese medicine - has the power to 'revolutionise' the treatment of multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and some forms of diabetes and arthritis, scientists claimed yesterday.

Hydrangea: The common shrub could hold the key to combatting common autoimmune diseases

These diseases occur when the immune system attacks the body.

Existing treatments are expensive, have to be injected, and do not address the biological cause of the problem.

Powerful drugs which suppress the immune system can be used as a last resort but leave patients at risk of infections and other serious side-effects.

Now it appears that a medicine derived from the hydrangea's root could offer an alternative.

Experiments found that it blocked the formation of a type of white blood cell involved in autoimmune disease.

Crucially, the drug does not seem to affect other kinds of cell vital to the body's defences - meaning it does not otherwise inhibit the immune system.

Mice with a multiple sclerosis-like disease were far less severely affected when given low doses of the hydrangea-based drug, which is called halofuginone, the journal Science reported.

Halofuginone is already used to treat a rare autoimmune disease which affects the skin and internal organs.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: arthritis; autoimmune; cure; diabetes; halofuginone; hydrangea; hydrangeas; jm; ms; multiplesclerosis
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1 posted on 06/04/2009 10:36:17 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: TigersEye

Very interesting.


2 posted on 06/04/2009 10:38:32 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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To: Steelfish

3 posted on 06/04/2009 10:42:01 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Steelfish

I love mine. I got the Nikko Blue variety but the color is determined by the acidity of the soil. Mine faded and then turned the most gorgeous dark red/purple. It looked like a glass of merlot. Can’t wait to see how they bloom this year.


4 posted on 06/04/2009 10:44:47 PM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Steelfish

Fascinating news, and all the better to make me feel good about the five hydrangea plants I bought this past week. I already have six others that are just about ready to bloom any day now. They are utterly gorgeous (and grew phenomenally in the past three years).


5 posted on 06/04/2009 10:46:47 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest

I read they grow twice as fast if you don’t trim them back in the fall. Since learning that, mine have exploded in growth and blooms.


6 posted on 06/04/2009 10:47:54 PM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: pandoraou812

Good find.


7 posted on 06/04/2009 11:00:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: Steelfish

What’s the source for this article. I’d like to pass it along but hesitate to do so without a source.


8 posted on 06/04/2009 11:01:54 PM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: neverdem
interesting
9 posted on 06/04/2009 11:37:50 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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To: Steelfish

What’s humble about a hydrangea?


10 posted on 06/04/2009 11:41:27 PM PDT by Royal Wulff
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To: Steelfish; rintense; StarFan; stanz; NautiNurse

The most gorgeous hydrangeas I've ever seen were in Normandy, France. They were all over the area. Some of them were literally the size of basketballs! Must be the perfect soil/sun/rain whatever combination there for hydrangeas...

11 posted on 06/04/2009 11:47:37 PM PDT by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: pandoraou812

thanks, bfl


12 posted on 06/05/2009 12:04:06 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: nutmeg

They are beautiful. My mom used to grow them but I have no luck with them sadly.


13 posted on 06/05/2009 12:06:22 AM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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To: pandoraou812
Except for the variety that come out a couple of years ago, growing them in Michigan was kinda hard as they only flower on last years stems and most in colder climates die back to the ground. A couple of years I covered mine with Styrofoam rose covers for winter and they flowers somewhat the following year...As some stems stayed alive by being protected...those stems flower, the new growth of the year will not flower....Even my new ever blooming one is not doing to good, I didn't cover it...
14 posted on 06/05/2009 1:21:37 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: rintense

Oh man. I LOVE both of those colors. One of my most favorite flowers.


15 posted on 06/05/2009 1:33:52 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Steelfish

Read Later


16 posted on 06/05/2009 4:16:58 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (To stand up for Capitalism is to hope Teleprompter Boy fails.)
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To: IncPen

Hydrangea ping


17 posted on 06/05/2009 4:23:10 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: rintense; SnarlinCubBear
Do you trim them in the spring then? I had 3 of the ever blooming variety planted last fall. they are getting ready to bloom now.

Snarlin....fyi

18 posted on 06/05/2009 4:28:30 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: Steelfish

There are many different varieties, so you have to read the label when you buy to know how to care for yours.

We have many of the “Endless Summer” variety. They get cut back to the ground each year. In neutral soil, the bloom are pink. If you use an acidic fertilizer, the bloom will turn blue. If you use different fertilizer on each side of the plant, you will have both colors. Pretty amazing and easy to grow plant. Great for patios where you sit and can enjoy the blossoms.


19 posted on 06/05/2009 4:40:21 AM PDT by IamConservative (I'll keep my money. You keep the change.)
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To: IamConservative

Bump


20 posted on 06/05/2009 4:43:50 AM PDT by AmericaUnite (tire store for the t)
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To: Molly Pitcher

ping thanks.


21 posted on 06/05/2009 5:49:09 AM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (Sarcasma - Comforting relief from the use of irony, mocking and conveying contempt)
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To: Steelfish

Source, please.


22 posted on 06/05/2009 5:54:43 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Molly Pitcher

I don’t trim them at all. New growth happens on the seemingly ‘dead’ branches. Surprised me, really.


23 posted on 06/05/2009 7:03:25 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: rintense

Oh! Thanks...Endless summer is the name. I’m looking forward to the first blooms so much!


24 posted on 06/05/2009 7:48:28 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: goat granny

My mom had a green thumb. She could grow anything. She would put it in the ground & it would grow & bloom. I can’t recall her doing anything special with hers. I sure wish I had her luck. My plants do well but not like her flowers etc.


25 posted on 06/05/2009 8:08:59 AM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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To: thecodont

Beautiful pic post! Thanks


26 posted on 06/05/2009 9:54:36 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: LibreOuMort

Hydrangea ping


27 posted on 06/05/2009 10:31:31 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: pandoraou812

Its almost like a talent the way plants grow for some people..I guess God hit them in the head with a “you can grow plants” stick before they were born...:O)


28 posted on 06/05/2009 11:52:38 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

My mom used to plant garlic by roses, toss coffee grounds around them & she had the most beautiful roses. When I was a child she had an English garden. Bleeding Hearts were my favorite...I used to hid there & read books for hours. I often wonder if the new owners destroyed her garden. I hope not. I think that is why I never showed my children that house. I don’t want to lose that memory of her beloved garden.


29 posted on 06/05/2009 11:59:17 AM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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To: pandoraou812
I sure understand your not wanted to see the place without your mom's garden...I drove by the farm I use to have and was sad at how it wasn't given the loving care it needed..

I think gardens draw in new buyers but they don't realize gardens take work...

30 posted on 06/05/2009 12:08:30 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny
I think you are correct. I just wish my mom had made some plant clippings & taken her bulbs etc. We moved in winter so she didn't. Some of her flowers came off my grandparent's farm.
31 posted on 06/05/2009 12:19:22 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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To: pandoraou812

They have to have mostly shade in hot climates, lots of water and trim them only after they bloom. If you prune them in the fall or winter, you will cut off all next year’s blossoms.


32 posted on 06/05/2009 2:00:42 PM PDT by Hattie
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To: Steelfish

Interesting. Links? (thanks for posting)


33 posted on 06/05/2009 2:08:41 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Hattie
Thank you for the info. I may try to grow one again someday in memory of my mother.
34 posted on 06/05/2009 5:14:13 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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To: PGalt

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1190889/How-humble-hydrangea-plant-hold-key-curing-MS-diabetes-arthritis.html


35 posted on 06/05/2009 5:40:56 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: IM2MAD

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1190889/How-humble-hydrangea-plant-hold-key-curing-MS-diabetes-arthritis.html


36 posted on 06/05/2009 5:41:30 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: ladyjane

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1190889/How-humble-hydrangea-plant-hold-key-curing-MS-diabetes-arthritis.html


37 posted on 06/05/2009 5:42:49 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

One of my favorite flowers. I have about 20 in my garden.


38 posted on 06/05/2009 5:45:33 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Hattie

There are new reblooming varieties that are pruned differently.


39 posted on 06/05/2009 5:46:22 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: theKid51; Apple Blossom

ping


40 posted on 06/05/2009 5:46:47 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Hey GOP follow Dick Cheney's lead)
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To: pandoraou812; Steelfish; PGalt; austinmark; FreedomCalls; IslandJeff; JRochelle; MarMema; ...
Science has 3 halofuginone articles from June 5, 2009. You can only access one summary and one abtract.

FReepmail me if you want on or off the diabetes ping list.

41 posted on 06/05/2009 9:48:58 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Steelfish

Bookmarked !!! Thanks.


42 posted on 06/06/2009 1:31:42 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Molly Pitcher

DO you have more information on the everblooming plant....Have been wanting to add the everybloomers but wasn’t sure which was the bettter plants etc.


43 posted on 06/06/2009 5:08:26 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: IamConservative
If you use different fertilizer on each side of the plant, you will have both colors. Pretty amazing and easy to grow plant.

bump to the top

44 posted on 06/06/2009 6:23:56 AM PDT by GOPJ (The reason Black & Hispanic minorities are given special status is THEY BLOCK VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS)
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To: Steelfish; editor-surveyor

It never ceases to amaze me how much the natural medicine people have contributed to modern medicine and how much modern medicine has blown them off as quacks.


45 posted on 06/06/2009 6:28:46 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: goat granny
I have a “limelight” hydrangea that I do absolutely nothing to and it is taking over one of my gardens. It's a beautiful plant, about seven feet tall and almost as wide, with gorgeous blooms that make excellent cut flowers. I live in Massachusetts where we can have temps of -20 in winter. I highly recommend this variety of hydrangea.
46 posted on 06/06/2009 7:18:10 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Steelfish

Very interesting article. Thanks!


47 posted on 06/06/2009 7:20:12 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Steelfish; pandoraou812
Thank you for a most interesting Thread. I will sent it to my Conservative, Christian and Republican Mom in California. She spends a small for fortune on natural medicine every month. It must be working, she is 78 going on 79 and still smokes like a chimney with diabetes and all! She keeps me on my knees to God, I tell ya! Dear Pandoraou812, You have given me an idea for my Mother's Birthday! Thank you! You will have FReep mail in about 5 minutes!
48 posted on 06/06/2009 7:28:06 AM PDT by tajgirvan (Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8)
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To: hoosiermama

Do a google search on Endless Summer hydrangeas, and you’ll probably find some things...reviews, etc. I don’t have any info...first summer with them! So far so good! LOL


49 posted on 06/06/2009 7:52:05 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: trisham

Sounds like a great plant...Your weather is much like Michigan, but I don’t have much luck with them..The plants are always nice and green, healthy looking but no flowers..They are planted in 2 different area’s but there must be something I am not doing right...Last couple of years too lazy to cover them so for 2 years great plant, no pretty blooms


50 posted on 06/06/2009 12:08:56 PM PDT by goat granny
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