Alternative Medicine
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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Which spice inhibits bacterial growth best? [P]
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Determine if using Manuka honey as a topical healing agent promotes faster in vitro wound closure compared to a wound that is left untreated. [E]
Evaluation of Alpha Amylase Inhibition by Different Medicinal Plants [E]
Are dandelions able to inhibit bacterial growth and have other health benefits? [P] [P]
Investigating Antibacterial Properties of Leaves, Berries, and Bark [E]
Do Vegetarians Get Enough Essential Nutrients? [E]
Explore the health benefits of red wine and chocolate through the growth of probiotic bacteria. [E]
The Effects of Herbs and Natural Remedies on Staphylococcus aureus [E]
The effect of caffeine on gallstones and kidney stones. [P]
Polyphenols, antioxidating power, microbial inhibition, and antimutagenic effects of four different types of tree bark [P]
Antioxidants in Tea: A Green Defense? [E]
The effect of Wasabia japonica on mouth bacteria [P]
Investigate Traditional Chinese Medicine [P]

Does the Elapsed Time of Crushed Garlic Have an Effect on Bacterial Inhibition? [E]
See if spices can control the growth of a microbe that causes food poisoning, bacillus cereus. [E]
Can a Flavonoid, Quercetin, Be an Effective Topical Acne Medication? [E]
Do More Expensive Green Teas Have a Better Medical Effect? [E]
Determine if dandelion roots and dandelion capsules are as effective as certain antibiotics, such as Penicillin, Erythromycin, and Tetracycline in killing E. coli and Serratia marcescens. [E]
Investigate the role of the herbal products, clove oil and neem extract, in the prevention of periodontal disease [E]
Determine if natural antibiotics such as garlic and tea tree oil, work as effectively in killing bacteria as the pharmaceutical prescription antibiotic amoxicillin. [E]
Test the moonmilk from the Oregon Caves to see if it has the antibacterial properties suggested by folklore. [E]
A comparative Pharmacological study on non-diabetic and type II diabetic subjects (under a doctor's supervision), and observe blood glucose levels after the consumption of Opuntia (nopales cactus). [E]
Green Tea: An Effective Alternative in Reducing Heartbeat Rates as Compared to Prescription Medicine [E]
Chemically Probing the Legitimacy of Ancient Herbs as Alternative Medicine [E]
An investigation of plants used by the Karuk Tribe in Humboldt County to see if they have antibacterial effects on bacteria that cause skin infections. [E]
The Antiseptic Power of Vinegar [E]
Do Spices Affect the Growth of Bacteria? [E]
The effects of Aloe vera on skin health [P]
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
A natural anti-bacterial solution using rainwater and persimmon calyx [P]
Novel Antibiotics in mango ginger (Curcuma amada) [P] [P]
The Effectiveness of Home Remedies towards Lowering Cholesterol when compared to Medication [P]
Determine whether or not different types of natural tea could be used as antacids to relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease. [P]
The Effect of Curcumin on RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) Replication [P]
Genipin, an ancient Chinese herbal remedy, as an cancer suppressant. [P]
Tumor cell inhibition with hot pepper extracts [P]
Discovering Antibacterial Properties of "Old" Cultural Herbs Using a New Simulation-Aided Approach [E]
The Effects of Various Herbal Teas on the Longevity of Drosophila melanogaster [E]
Compare natural antacids with chemical antacids. [P]
Can Peppermint Improve Reaction Times? [E]
The Antioxidizing, Antimicrobial, and Anticancer Effects of Tree Bark Extracts [P]
Determine whether Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (NDGA) causes excessive cytotoxicity (liver cell death) to liver cells and whether this toxicity is dependent on the dosage of NDGA. [P]
The Effects of Herbal Teas on the Ability of Drosophila melanogaster to Withstand Environmental Stress [E]
Test whether capsaicin would inhibit the growth of common bacterial strains. [E]

Determine if millipede secretions have antimicrobial properties. [E]
Investigates the interactions of red clover, which is a complementary and alternative medicine, with Tamoxifen, which is a conventional breast cancer treatment. [P]
Test the effectiveness of alternative methods for preventing motion sickness without the risks and side-effects of the available pharmaceutical options. [E]
A Study on the Anti-mutagenic Effects of Turmeric [E]
Determine the effect of curcumin, a component in a common South Asian spice, on a chemical that plays a major role in the inflammatory process. [E]
In Vitro Combinatorial Effect of Bio-Active Plant Extracts [E]
The Effects of Curcumin on MCF7 Breast Cancer Cells and A549 Lung Cancer Cells [E]
Comparison of Turmeric and Curcumin: The Effect on Metal Ions (a possible Alzheimer's Disease treatment) [E]
Can an apple a-day keep the neurologist away? [P]
Biomagnetic Therapy - Is It Real? [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Chinese Food Therapy [P]
Tart Cherries and Cranberries as an Alternative Solution for Inflammation [P]
Are There Health Benefits by Using Green Tea Extracts? [E] [E] [E] [E]
Explore the medicinal values of local plants [E]
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