Native American Plant Extract Treats Pain and Diarrhea

Plants with a long history of use as topical analgesics by Native Americans may also be helpful against diarrhea. The corresponding study was published in Frontiers in Physiology by researchers led by the University of California, Irvine in the US. 

Native Americans are known for their proficient use of plant medicine to treat a variety of conditions. Now, in collaboration with the US National Parks Service, researchers are screening native plants in the US for their molecular potential to treat different medical conditions. 

In the first paper published from this effort, researchers have found that some of these plants activate the KCNQ2/3 potassium channel, which is thought to ease pain by inhibiting pain signals. They also found that the same plant extracts have an…

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