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Our Tansy Research in The News

First appeared: Saturday, February 26, 2011

There has been a global news coverage of our recent  research findings on Tansy. Hundreds of news articles all over the world have  picked up the story and below is the URL list for some of them.

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Old folk remedy revived: How tansy may be a treatment for herpes                                                 

For centuries tansy has been used as a folk remedy, but now scientists from Britain and Spain believe the plant may have medical benefits after all, as a treatment for herpes. The team’s findings, published in Phytotherapy Research, are the result of joint work between two teams to established scientific evidence for traditional medicines.

Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare, is a flowering plant found across mainland Europe and Asia. From the Middle Ages onwards the plant, whose folk names include Golden Buttons and Mugwort, has been used as a remedy for various conditions, from fevers to rheumatism. However, it’s supposed medical benefits have always been questioned.


Professor Parra’s team which specialises in investigating new antiviral compounds, both through design or by screening natural plant extracts, began joint work on the properties of tansy with the research group led by Dr Solomon Habtemariam from the University of Greenwich, which studies European medicinal plants to establish the scientific evidence for traditional medicines.


The joint study used an established anti-HSV study model on both crude extracts of the aerial parts and roots of tansy, as well as some purified compounds to analyse the plants anti-viral activity.


“Although the precise molecular targets for tansy extract require further research this study reveals the clear potential of tansy to treat the dermatological lesions caused by HSV, concluded Parra. “This shows that systematic pharmacological and phytochemical studies such as this can play pivotal roles in the modernisation of European traditional herbal medicines.”

Links to Some of the Media Releases

Ancient herb may hold remedy for herpes                  

MEDILL Reports - Chicago, USA

Doctors believe tansy folk remedy could be effective

Old folk remedy revived: How tansy may be a        treatment for herpes                                                 

How tansy may be a herpes treatment                    

Scientists believe plant extracts may have medical      benefits to treat herpes                                               

Common weed helps treat herpes, study finds      

Possible Cure For Herpes Uncovered By Scientists              

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Herpes Responds to Folk Remedy                          

Tansy Plant May Help Treat Herpes - Australia                    

Teensy bit of tansy                                                   

Ancient Herb May Hold Remedy for Herpes                 

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  • Genital Herpes Symptoms

Other  Releases                                                                          

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