Pill with legs

Pill with legs

Scientists assembled in the folk medicine of many useful. For example, aspirin was isolated from willow bark, and for receiving from wormwood remedies malaria Chinese Tu Yu received the Nobel prize in 2015.

However, fans of the treatment of “all natural” can use not only plants, but also the fact that crawls, swims and flies. Scientists refer to a “living” medicines skeptical, but when still decided to see if there are something useful to your surprise, you get interesting results.

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“It is recommended to start with one beetle per day. It is advisable to swallow it on an empty stomach, you can drink warm water, yogurt, etc. the next day is beetle 2, the third 3, and so on. To increase the number have up to 30 bugs a day, that is within 30 days. Then take the beetles, in descending order, 31-day — 29 beetles, then — 28 and so on down to 1. In fact, the course of prevention or treatment will last for 2 months”.

Yes, the recipe of which found your correspondent in the network, is this: take a living (this is important!) the beetle and swallow with yogurt. Swallow every day more and more bugs — the body to “cure” it is necessary to accustom gradually, then gradually reduce their number. Repeat this treatment several times.

The beetle can be ingested by placing in a gelatin capsule or rolled in breadcrumbs, or throwing in a Cup of water. But drink milk or yogurt, according to users, the most effective.

Russian lovers of folk medicine is the insect known as the beetle or beetle healer-a healer, in the English — speaking community as see weevils, that is the Chinese weevil.

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The people to the bug-the sorcerer is credited with the ability to cure cancer, AIDS, psoriasis and diabetes. It is believed that its regular use reduces inflammation, eases allergies, boosts the immune system, improves mood and improves mood. The author, of course, would not describe these exotic recipes, if several years ago the magic beetle is not interested in Nina Ushakova — doctor of biological Sciences, head of Laboratory of innovative technologies in the Institute of ecology and evolution them. A. N. Severtsov.

Under the name beetle-the sorcerer and the Chinese weevil lurks beetle cernatescu from the family Tenebrionidae. This is one of the largest families of Coleoptera, it includes 20 thousand species, but in folk medicine, mainly Chinese, is only the view of Ulomoides dermestoides. In Russia use it analog — beetle Alphitobius diaperinus. Its properties the scientific group Ushakova decided to check for bioactivity during neurodegenerative diseases.

The beetles Alphitobius diaperinus

— We had a little funding. We found in Russia, this beetle and have learned to breed. A group of molecular biologists from Institute of molecular genetics Russian Academy of Sciences, with whom we have worked have identified extracts from biomass of the living beetle, — says Vladimir Kovalzon, doctor of biological Sciences, chief researcher of the Institute of ecology and evolution, and one of the participants of the study.

This is important — if the beetle kill, the effect will not be.Mr Coulthart of biological Sciences

For the experiment took mice who were injected with a neurotoxin, causing analog of human Parkinson’s disease at an early stage where ability to move is not impaired, and the degeneration of certain parts of the brain have already begun. People have parkinsonism, presumably, you can slow down on this very early stage, but at this time, the disease is almost impossible to notice.

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— We added these extracts to the feed of mice. When we started the project several years ago, I was in full confidence that it will do nothing — says Kovalzon, — what was [my] surprise when we saw the effect, and quite strong. Mice were tested in the test of descent on the vertical pole. In patients with mice that were not fed the extract of the beetle, movement disorders couldn’t be seen, but the problems with the descent and slowing of movements has already been observed. In mice, which gave a biomass of beetle it was not. When we have made a histological study of the brain, but found no injuries, while the control mice they were, that is, began the degeneration characteristic of Parkinson’s disease in humans.

To conduct a complete chemical analysis of beetle scientists failed. They could only get him partially purified extract, isolated from his faction and determine some substances in their composition, particularly the amino acid arginine. Scientists have suggested that the extract may contain other compounds that prevent neurodegeneration. However, according to this principle are many medications. The team Ushakova has published the results of research, and it was time to determine the exact composition and mechanism of action of compounds contained in the extract of the bug-the sorcerer — but then it never went.

Even the little funding we ran out. We have attempted to RFBR. Three times I applied and three times we were rejected under various ridiculous pretenses, — complains Vladimir Kovalzon, for Example, one reviewer as a claim indicated that we still have not published the data in a good international journal. I told him: “So if we publish our data in a good journal, we do not need to be your grants, it will mean that the project is completed, and so we all did.” Grant, after all, and the need to perform costly research.

The scientist recognizes that the testing of biologically active substances of insects in folk medicine phenomenon in science are very rare.

Although in the scientific literature described isolated cases of detection of substances which can help, for example, in the treatment of some forms of cancer, but in the world of science, this topic is rarely supported by grants — explains the biologist — don’t believe It, and it’s not a fashion trend.

Researchers are often willing to turn to herbal remedies, many of which were described in medieval treatises, but the means from insects — exotic.

Indeed, the world of science to beetles darkling beetles are not particularly of interest, of nine articles dedicated to them only one reveals their anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties, and another dedicated to the unexpected discovery of live beetles in the patient’s intestines during a colonoscopy.

Drink a maggot

“Recipe tincture wax moth is simple: larvae (usually live) are filled with 40% alcohol in a ratio of 1:10 by weight, that is 10 grams of larvae is added to 100 grams of alcohol. After that, the mixture insist in a cool dark place for 1-2 months,” advises one of the recipes that is also easy to find in the Internet.

In the world of medical insects of beetle sorcerer is a worthy competitor. Introduction larvae of the wax moth. The tradition of treating them has gone, considered, from beekeepers who are on duty faced with these pests.

The larva of the wax moth.

By itself, the wax moth is a harmless, unremarkable butterfly species Galleria mellonella. However, the eggs she lays on a honeycomb, and the hatched caterpillars feed on wax, pollen and remains of cocoons of the bees, damaging and weakening the bee hives. For a long time these tracks were popular folk remedy for tuberculosis, they are also credited with healing effect angina, chronic coronary insufficiency, bronchitis with asthmatic component, anemia, prostate adenoma, infertility and toxicosis first half of pregnancy.

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Natural tincture wax moth looks even less appetizing than bugs in yogurt. However, the drink in the Bank at the bottom of which lie the dead caterpillars may have some useful properties. At least so say scientists from the Institute of theoretical and experimental Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences. They showed that ethanolic extract of larvae of the moth improves the condition of people with TB and immune-compromised.

Scientists have found out that the extract of the larvae of the moth contains antioxidants, which protect immune cells from oxidative stress, which accompanies many diseases, including cardiovascular, inflammatory and infectious. However, as in the case of beetle-chernatalay, the exact mechanism of action is still unclear. However, the researchers hope that the extract can be used to reduce the side effects of antibiotics, prevention of infection in the treatment of diseases associated with disorders of iron metabolism in the body, which often leads to oxidative stress.