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    I recently came across a very interesting article on newly researched natural medicinal plants and their potential for treatment of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. I thought I'd share it, for anyone who might be interested.


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    (from Ayahuascatreatment)

    Natural ALS treatment trial in progress – Current number of participants: 4 (Sweden, United States, Brazil)

    Based on the strong response to the original article, discussions has led to the launch of a pilot project in order to create the incentive necessary for researchers to fully investigate the potential of ayahuasca plants for treatment of ALS and neurological diseases in general. It will also serve the purpose of informing people about medicinal use of ayahuasca, as an alternative treatment option for the reversal of the progression of ALS and related diseases.

    Many concerned people have been contacting me, asking why further studies on the specific subject matter are not being conducted at this point. The answer being the general absence of awareness regarding the medicinal value of these potent plants and their possible role in the future treatment of ALS and other neurological diseases. With individuals representing a community of people coming forward to present their experiences from using these medicinal plants, in the context of alternative treatment, the documented results will hopefully provide the cause for thorough scientific evaluation to be made.


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    It has now surfaced in diabetes research:

    Considering previous information, and the regeneration of insulin producing beta-cells in this study, could not then harmine and/or other alkaloids in ayahuasca be able to stimulate the regeneration of other types of cells where needed in the body, such as nerve cells in people with ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases?

    From Newsweek:

    Chemical in Ayahuasca Has Potential to Treat Diabetes

    Ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine that grows in the Amazon, has long been used by local shamans for its supposed powers of spiritual awakening and healing. Now, a new study suggests it contains a chemical that may also cure diabetes.

    In type 1 diabetes, people have have lost about 99 percent of their beta cells, which reside in the pancreas and produce insulin, which, in turn, allows the human body to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Without beta cells, your blood sugar levels yo-yo up and down, up and down, wreaking havoc on the body. (In the much more common type 2 diabetes, people usually have a 50 to 60 percent loss of beta cells, which combines with a growing resistance to insulin to create a set of symptoms similar to those seen in type 1 diabetes.)

    Inspired by this possibility, researchers set out to find chemicals that might cause these cells to regenerate, screening 100,000 drugs. They found only one that worked: harmine. Intriguingly, this chemical is present in various plants, including the vine used in the Amazonian psychedelic medicine called ayahuasca.

    In the study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, scientists found that harmine had strong ability to make these cells—also known as beta islets—grow back. To test this, researchers implanted islets into mice and gave them harmine. Mice given harmine saw the number of beta cells triple, and the previously diabetic mice had greatly improved blood sugar levels.

    "Our results provide a large body of evidence demonstrating that [harmine] can make human beta cells proliferate at levels that may be relevant for diabetes treatment," said study author Dr. Andrew Stewart, at the Icahn School of Medicine, in a statement.

    The study authors wrote that this chemical might not be best to give to people unaltered, since it also has psychoactive effects. But understanding the chemistry of how it causes beta cells to proliferate could guide efforts to find a related drug that might be able to do the trick, Stewart says.

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