Lixing Lao, Ph.D, professor of Family and Community Medicine, director of Traditional Chinese Medicine Research, Center for Integrative Medicine co-published a study, Cinnamon Bark and Ginseng in Herbal Formula Increases Life Span of Roundworms in the May PLos One (on-line journal) 2010;5(2):9339. Roundworms possess some genetic and biochemical similarities to humans. The NCCAM funded study found that certain herbal formulas extend the life of roundworms and roundworms are a valid model for evaluating complex herbal preparations. The research may provide insight for future studies on longevity-promoting herbs.
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