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Welcome to the Raintree Health web site. It is provided to you subject to the following conditions. That if you visit or shop at Raintree Health’s website, you accept these conditions. Please read them carefully.  The information provided by Raintree Health, on this site or by its agents or employees by phone, fax email or other transmission medium including any links to and from this site is supplied for educational and entertainment purposes only. It should not be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific treatment plan, product, course of action or medical treatment. Neither the Cyprus Ministry of Health  (MOH) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),or  the British Medical Association (BMA) or have evaluated any of the statements or contents of this website. The information contained herein is NOT intended, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent, or mitigate any disease or condition. CHA/FDA/BMA regulations do not permit any company to publish information regarding medical conditions or treatment of disease in combination with, support for, or as an incentive to purchase dietary health supplements. Our website and online Tropical Plant Database IS NOT in any way, directly or indirectly, an advertisement or claim for any actual Raintree product(s) for their effectiveness or use in relation to the treatment of any disease or medical condition, nor shall it be construed as such. Raintree Health, absolutely makes no such claims or connections that any Raintree product or any plant appearing on this website or in the Tropical Plant Database is suitable to treat any disease or condition. Raintree Health, does not provide specific medical advice, is not engaged in providing medical or professional services and does not endorse any medical or professional service or information obtained through or by any links to or from this site. Use of the information on this site does not replace proper medical consultations with a qualified doctor, health or medical professional to meet the health and medical needs of you or a loved one. Your health and that of your loved ones is without doubt very important to you. You should never take risks with it under any circumstances. We strongly suggest and recommend that you always seek / have a professional consultation / advice with a fully qualified doctor and or consultant. We would draw your attention to the latest ruling from the offices of the European Union, whereby some vitamin and mineral supplements both herbal and chemical and or other have been banned from use and or consumption within the countries forming the constitution of the European Union. Although they may be used for research purposes. As such, we at Raintree Health UK Ltd, do hereby make it absolutely clear that any such product(s) displayed or shown on our website are not for consumption by anyone from any country within the European Union. Anyone from outside the countries represented by the European Union can of course continue to take vitamin and mineral supplements in the prescribed measures and safe dosage that has been applied for generations. Part of the earlier 2002 ruling stated:- “Food Supplements Directive: European Court of Justice rules in favour of the Commission Today the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in favour of the European Commission, upholding the validity of the Food Supplements Directive, its legal base and the positive list system. The European Commission will now study the details of the Court’s judgement and in view of the Court’s comments on the procedure, the Commission will look at ways to ensure that the Directive is implemented in a manner that is transparent, timely and the least restrictive that science allows. The aim is to minimise restrictions on businesses while maintaining a high level of protection of public health based on science. Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said: “I welcome the fact that the European Court of Justice has upheld the validity of the Food Supplements Directive, its legal base and the positive list system. The Commission will now study the Court’s judgement in detail, and takes note of the Court’s conclusions on the need for a transparent and timely implementation procedure. This is a Directive designed to open the internal market and boost growth, while ensuring a high level of protection of public health. With these dual goals in mind, we will look at the implementation of the Directive to ensure that it is implemented in a transparent and timely manner and is the least restrictive that science will allow.” In its judgement today, the Court: Concluded that the Directive was correctly based on Article 95 (internal market) of the Treaty; Pointed out that certain restrictions can be justified by the protection of public health, and considered the measures in question to be necessary and appropriate for this purpose; Upheld the system of a positive list of vitamins and minerals and their sources. The Commission takes note of the Court’s conclusion that the Commission should ensure generally that the consultation stage with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is carried out transparently and within a reasonable time. The Commission has already adopted a series of implementing measures on the procedures to be applied by EFSA to requests for scientific opinions, and the Commission will, in consultation with EFSA, examine whether these need to be further supplemented or reinforced. Background The Directive on food supplements (2002/46/EC) was adopted in June 2002. It establishes a positive list of vitamins and minerals approved for use in food supplements as well as rules on labelling to better inform consumers. The main aim of the Directive is to enable food supplements to be marketed freely across the EU while ensuring the safety of consumers. Harmonisation at EU level opens up new markets for products which might previously have encountered difficulties due to differences in national legislation or to the fact that some Member States would use public health grounds to block products from other countries. The majority of stakeholders from consumer associations and industry supported the legislation. However, a group of consumers and retailer associations in the UK challenged the validity of the transposition of the Directive into UK law, and the UK court subsequently referred the case to the ECJ, questioning the validity of the Directive. The ECJ today ruled in favour of the Commission”. In accordance with this EU ruling, we are now declaring that these products are no longer allowed for human consumption within the European Union. Although, as far as we are aware they may be used for research purposes. Please note that these products are widely used throughout the USA and the rest of the world, it is unfortunate that current EU regulations does not permit their use. Anyone purchasing these products agrees to abide by the above terms. You exercise your own judgement when reviewing any information and/or purchasing any product on this web site. Please, always check with a physician or health professional if you suspect you are ill. Please review these Terms and conditions of Use before using this Web site and from time to time since the Terms and Conditions of Use may be updated or changed periodically. Raintree Health makes no representation that information or products, referenced on this website are available, appropriate or legal in any country or region outside the United Kingdom. Those who choose to access this website are solely responsible for compliance with applicable law. Use of this website is at your own risk. RAINTREE HEALTHIS PROVIDING THIS SITE ON AN “AS IS” BASIS AND MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THIS SITE OR ITS CONTENTS AND DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE. All contents of this web site are copyrighted. Redistribution, retransmission, republication or commercial exploitation of the contents of this website are expressly prohibited without the written consent of Raintree Health, All rights reserved.  Neither Raintree Health, nor any of its directors, employees, or agents will be liable for damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the use of this site, including compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages. Use of this website and these terms of use shall be governed by the laws of the United Kingdom, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You and Raintree Health, irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in the United Kingdom in connection with any action arising out of or related to these terms, this website or their subject matter and waive any objection based on lack of personal jurisdiction, place of residence, improper venue or forum non conveniens. Regarding Bulk Products. Please be aware, some of these powered bulk products do not taste nice, in fact many are extremely bitter. So, because of the possibility of cross contamination, Raintree Health will not accept returns of these products under any circumstances. So please be sure you want them before buying. Thank you. Delivery policy- Raintree Health can usually deliver immediately, however in the unfortunate event that we are out of stock, delivery will be made within 21 days if after that time we have still not received the product ordered, then the buyer shall have the option of waiting until it arrives with us, or a full refund. The majority of order are shipped with the Post Office and a ‘Proof of Posting’ certificate is always obtained from the post office. We can also use a courier (at the customers own expense) if they so request. Raintree Health would also like to make it absolutely clear that in accordance with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000. Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulation 2002. Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977. That the customer has the right to cancel the order for any reason, within seven working days. Therefore there is a ‘cooling off period’ of seven working days after receipt of the order. The customer may return the goods (at their expense & in original condition and packaging and with all seals intact) to us at any time up until the seventh working day has elapsed. There will be a 10% restocking fee charge made on all returned goods. We will gladly refund the cost of the product item, minus postage. With regard to our money back guarantee on our Teeth Whitening products, because this wholly honest offer is open to abuse by some people. Raintree Health state that if after following the instructions precisely and completing for the full course of treatments, you still see no improvement whatsoever we would request dated, signed by witness before and after photographs to substantiate the claim. We will gladly refund the cost of the product item, minus postage. Please send the returned goods to us at:- Raintree Health. Sridana Sok. App L:2 . Lefkosa. 7361 Cyprus and a full refund, (less our initial carriage & packing charge) will be issued. Details regarding this information will also be automatically e-mailed to all customers who purchase through our on-line shop. It will also be printed on all invoices. Privacy Statement. No personal information will be supplied to any third party without your express permission. We collect personal data only to process your order. In addition, Raintree Health does not have access to any credit/debit card details on orders placed directly through the site shop. The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and in the event any provision hereof is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not in any way affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions. The Online Tropical Plant Database The Raintree Tropical Plant Database is provided solely for educational, entertainment, informational and research purposes only. It is intended as a beginning point of research for factual and referenced information on some of the history and uses of tropical rainforest plants. The information contained therein has been compiled from numerous third party independent books, articles, journals, and research documents; a portion of which can be found in the Reference Key which are assumed to be deemed reliable. Many universities, schools, researchers, botanists, ethno botanists, chemists, health professionals, phytochemists, and other professionals involved in the study of plants, herbal medicine and natural products access or link to the Tropical Plant Database and/or it’s plant database pages for educational and informational purposes. Please be advised that it contains information which may be difficult to understand for the average lay person or non-professional. If you are a lay person; you are advised to read the following guidelines below and to always seek the help and advice of more experience professionals in understanding and interpreting the more technical information in the database. General Guidelines You will find the following types of information in most plant database files: family, genus, and species; common names; parts used; properties and actions; main text on the plant; ethnobotanical worldwide uses of the plant; and phytochemical information. Some plant database files are still under construction and do not contain all types of information. Properties & Actions: Scientists, herbalists, and practitioners refer to the biological or pharmacological properties or actions of plants using specifically defined words like anti-inflammatory, diuretic, spasmolytic, and so on. The listing of properties and actions shown in the first table summarizes the documented actions and properties that have been attributed to the plant either through laboratory research, practitioner uses and observations, and various USDA databases in this industry standard terminology. This table summary makes no distinction on which part of the plant has been documented with a specific action. The leaf of a plant might be documented with a particular property and the bark or root of that same plant may be documented with completely different properties and actions. These properties and actions are then discussed in more detail in the text section on the plant database file so please refer to the table as just a summary. Main Text on the Plants: The main text provides referenced information about each plant. This information generally includes what the plant looks like; where and how it grows; the history of its uses by rainforest inhabitants and Indian tribes; current uses in different countries and in herbal medicine; methods of preparation; how various parts of the plants are used; and a summary of the results of scientific research conducted on the plant. This summarizes the research we’ve been able to compile from sources we deemed to be reliable up to the date it was written and may contain omissions or errors in fact, and/or become outdated. It outlines the documented history of uses but should no way be construed to make any medical claims about the ability or efficacy of any of these plants to treat, prevent or mitigate any disease or condition. Although a plant may have a long history of being used for a particular purpose, scientific evidence proving its efficacy for that purpose may be lacking. Scientific research: An overview of scientific research and clinical data about each plant is provided in the text. Complete citations of any studies referenced in the text are footnoted below the text. In most database files, a programmed link to the available published research journal articles and clinical studies catalogued at the National Library of Medicine’s Pub Med Database has been provided for convenience and to keep the information timely and updated as new journal articles are published. Non-professionals should use care in evaluating these research studies and abstracts and get help from a qualified professional in their interpretation and meaning if necessary. For example, within the text of the database file as well as an abstracted study at Pub Med you should see (and look for) the distinction as to whether the research was performed in vivo or in vitro. In vivo studies refer to research that has been performed on animals or humans to determine a drug’s effects on mammals. In vitro studies refer to research that is conducted “in the test tube.” A good example is studies which are performed on plants looking for an antibacterial activity. An in vitro study would simply place a bacteria in a test tube or a Petri dish and place the plant or some form of liquid extract of the plant in with the bacteria to determine whether or not it kills the bacteria directly. An in vivo study might inoculate an animal with a bacteria, and then administer the plant or extract to the animal to determine the ability of the actual dosage administered to efficaciously or medically treat the resulting bacterial infection in the animal. Clearly, in vivo studies are much more effective in verifying a plant’s uses and how it might affect a tested mechanism. Yet, as professionals know, this is just a point of reference as well. How a plant might affect a rat or mouse does not always relate to how it will affect humans because chemicals are not always processed, absorbed or provide the same results or interactions in humans as they do animals. Readers should also understand that scientific research is in no manner standardized, and different results can and will be demonstrated in published studies based on the methods and quality of research protocols employed by the researcher. Even some human in vivo studies can have questionable results based upon what study methods were used. If you are a lay person without any expertise to evaluate information of this nature, you should obtain assistance from qualified professionals for accurate interpretation and dissemination of this type of medical and scientific information. Ethnobotany: Worldwide Uses Table: Ethnic uses of plants can be very important, especially to the researchers. If a plant has been used in a specific way for a specific purpose for many years and in many different geographical areas, there is probably a reason for it. It is this ethnobotany that helps scientists target which plants to research first and what to study them for. In fact, the majority of our plant-based drugs or pharmaceuticals were discovered through this ethnobotanical research and documentation process. The Ethnobotany table in the plant database files summarizes the documented ethnobotany or ethnic uses of the plant. This information includes the plant’s properties and actions as well as specific conditions and illnesses for which the plant has been utilized by people around the world. It includes documented tribal or indigenous uses, as well as documented current uses in herbal medicine by herbal and natural health practitioners. This information summarizes how all parts of the plants are employed, without distinction. The information shown in the table should only be used as a reference, and the main body of the text will review it in more detail. Again, you must be observant when reviewing the ethnobotany documentation provided. Although a plant may be documented to be anti-inflammatory, the ethnic use may well be as a topical inflammatory aid for something such as skin rashes rather than taken internally as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis or stomach inflammation. Or, many tribal remedies documented and employed by indigenous people call for a specific plant to be placed in bath water for a “bathing remedy” rather than taken internally. Other times, a disease or condition like herpes or malaria may be independently documented and listed in the Ethno botany table; the text, however, may reveal that the specific plant has been employed as an aid to treat such symptoms as fever or lesions rather than being used as an antiviral or ant malarial aid to directly affect the illness or disease causing pathogen. For these reasons, it is important to read the main text on the plant and use the ethno botany tables only as a general reference. Again, this information is simply a summary of historical uses for the plant. It is NOT any medical claim that it has been clinically proven to cure or mitigate or to be effective against any of these listed diseases or conditions in any way. The information on the ethnic uses of the plants, as well as their current uses in herbal medicine, has been compiled from many publications, journals, and books by various authors, herbalists, botanists, and ethnobotanists including the Duke Ethnobotany Database. Many of these documents are listed in the Reference section. Phytochemical Information. Most plant database pages show a phytochemical data table. Phyto means plant, so phytochemicals simply refers to the chemicals that are found in the plant. Many lay readers will never need or use this type of information. Phytochemical data, however, is sometimes very difficult to access, and many medical professionals, pharmacists, botanists, ethnobotanists, researchers, scientists, and alternative health professionals will value this compiled information. Often, the plant’s documented uses or actions will be closely tied to specific chemicals found in the plant that have been tested and documented to have specific pharmacological and biological activities. In other words, it helps explain why the plant works for or is used for certain things. For example; a plant with an ethic use as a heart tonic or heart remedy may be a natural source of a plant chemical named coumarin. Coumarin is widely known in the medical profession as the source of the blood-thinning drug coumadin (marketed as WARFARIN) which tells the experienced professional; a) why the natural plant was probably used for this purpose and; b) alerts the professional that possible side effects or contraindications might exist if a person is already on blood thinning drugs or if a surgery was anticipated when blood thinning agents were contraindicated. Again, the phytochemical data provided is a summary of some of the chemicals that have been documented to exist in the plant from various independent sources including the Duke Phytochemical Database. It does not include every known chemical in the plant, and no distinction has been made as to which chemicals are found in the different parts of the plant (leaves, fruit, bark, and so on). Therefore, the phytochemical data is not all-inclusive or complete. It is provided for a general reference for the more experienced reader or researcher. Finally: If you are an individual looking for answers or products for a serious medical disease or condition, always seek the advice and help of qualified professionals. There are many health professionals available with practical education and experience with herbs, supplements, nutrition and dietary recommendations. Find one. The internet is a good place to begin your research, especially looking up and verifying recommended products, therapy and treatments; both conventional and complementary. However, don’t start and end there. Get qualified help and advice from experienced health professionals. Many plants and herbs have active biological properties and should be treated with care, respect and knowledge. All contents of this web site are copyrighted. Redistribution, retransmission, republication or commercial exploitation of the contents of this website are expressly prohibited without the written consent of Raintree Health, All rights reserved. The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and in the event any provision hereof is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not in any way affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions.

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