What to say, it is really true that when you
dream something and you commit yourself with all your energy to get it, that something really comes.
I am also convinced that it is the purity of the intent that makes the difference. Yes, because two fundamental things are evident in the study of Mucuna pruriens in Parkinson's disease:
1) It is possible to do independent herbal research, as opposed to those who say that scientific research is controlled, that it is impossible to move independently, etc. etc.
2) The prohibition to use this plant in the herbal field (in Italy) shows clearly that the intent that moved us was solely and exclusively to solve a medical problem giving a further concrete support to people affected by this disease.
So, after the victory and a wonderful award, I ended up even on Phyto Journal, official organ of the FEI (Italian Herbalist Federation), a magazine that, since I entered the world of herbal medicine, I always considered the top to aspire to the highest level that has the herbalist world qualified in Italy. We are in fact one of the few countries to have a recognition of the professional figure of the Herbalist and a dedicated degree course.
All this also enhances our ancient herbal tradition, which is lost in ancient times in populations such as the Etruscans and the Celts, today often forgotten.
Proud, I can therefore say to be present in the number 6, Year XVII, November-December 2016.
This is what they write about my work:
"Interesting and innovative work of Thesis aimed at the analytical control of L-Dopa in food supplements containing extracts of Mucuna pruriens L. seeds of different origins and, on the other, the effect of the supplements in question on patients in pharmacological care for Parkinson's disease. The part of clinical phytotherapy was carried out with the collaboration of medical personnel at the Polyclinic S. Orsola-Malpighi of Bologna (and Bellaria Hospital of the same city). Mucuna pruriens L. is a plant of Indian Ayurvedic tradition and currently in Italy it is not allowed for free use, in fact in the study has been analyzed food supplements found on the French market and provided by the same patients, in addition to the seeds of the plant from US and India. The result of the study is very interesting because although the bioavailability of L-Dopa from Mucuna pruriens L. in the treated patients is much lower than the dose of formulation, the patients draw and confirm however benefits from the intake of the supplement. The work highlights the mastery acquired by the candidate in terms of quality control through the use of specific analytical techniques, a not insignificant aspect in the modern herbalist's profession and at the same time shows a possible space for collaboration by the herbalist with the medical staff in the perspective of a clinical phytotherapy in which the different skills intersect in a useful and constructive way. The introductory and the bibliographical parts are excellent ".
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