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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923039/a-pilot-single-centre-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-parallel-study-of-calmagen%C3%A2-dermaceutical-cream-and-lotion-for-the-topical-treatment-of-tinea-and-onychomycosis
#1
Manoj Parekh, Girisha Ramaiah, Prachi Pashilkar, Ranjani Ramanujam, Peter Johnston, Leodevico L Ilag
BACKGROUND: Most of the current anti-fungal treatments are chemical-based, fungistatic, have low efficacy in the treatment of tinea and toxicity concerns, while onychomycosis remains recalcitrant to most antifungal therapies. The study aimed to establish the fungicidal, efficacy and safety profile of Calmagen® dermaceutical cream and lotion containing AMYCOT® as a topical treatment in patients with severe to very severe presentations of fungal skin (tinea) and nail infections (onychomycosis)...
September 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923036/safety-of-intravenously-applied-mistletoe-extract-results-from-a-phase-i-dose-escalation-study-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
#2
Roman Huber, Dietrich Schlodder, Carola Effertz, Sabine Rieger, Wilfried Tröger
BACKGROUND: Mistletoe extracts have anti-tumor properties and are approved for subcutaneous use in cancer patients. Data on Intravenous application are limited. METHODS: An aqueous extract from pine-mistletoe was used to investigate maximum tolerable dose (MTD) and safety of intravenous application. It was infused once weekly for 3 weeks in patients with advanced cancer. Any type of cancer was included; relevant exclusion criteria were concurrent chemo- or radiation therapy...
September 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915876/changes-in-trust-and-the-use-of-korean-medicine-in-south-korea-a-comparison-of-surveys-in-2011-and-2014
#3
Soohyun Kwon, Shinhee Heo, Dongjun Kim, Seunghyun Kang, Jong-Min Woo
BACKGROUND: Korean medicine (KM) has been widely used in Korea. This study aimed to assess the general perceptions of KM, to investigate the patterns of its usage in 2014, and to compare the results with those of an earlier survey from 2011. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 1000 Korean people. The questionnaire included items regarding trust in KM, reasons for distrust of KM, and visit frequency to KM clinics. This study used methods consistent with those of a 2011 survey to examine changes in attitudes over 3 years...
September 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915875/plectranthus-amboinicus-essential-oil-and-carvacrol-bioactive-against-planktonic-and-biofilm-of-oxacillin-and-vancomycin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#4
Sara Edwirgens Costa Benício Vasconcelos, Hider Machado Melo, Theodora Thays Arruda Cavalcante, Francisco Eduardo Aragão Catunda Júnior, Mário Geraldo de Carvalho, Francisca Gleire Rodrigues Menezes, Oscarina Viana de Sousa, Renata Albuquerque Costa
BACKGROUND: The emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria is a worldwide concern and in order to find an alternative to this problem, the occurrence of antimicrobial compounds in Plectranthus amboinicus essential oil was investigated. Thus, this study aims to determine susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from food to antibiotics, P. amboinicus essential oil (PAEO) and carvacrol. METHODS: Leaves and stem of P. amboinicus were used for extraction of essential oil (PAEO) by hydrodistillation technique and EO chemical analysis was performed by gas chromatography coupled to a mass spectrometer...
September 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903731/phytochemical-rich-foods-inhibit-the-growth-of-pathogenic-trichomonads
#5
Sabrina M Noritake, Jenny Liu, Sierra Kanetake, Carol E Levin, Christina Tam, Luisa W Cheng, Kirkwood M Land, Mendel Friedman
BACKGROUND: Plants produce secondary metabolites that often possess widespread bioactivity, and are then known as phytochemicals. We previously determined that several phytochemical-rich food-derived preparations were active against pathogenic foodborne bacteria. Trichomonads produce disease (trichomoniasis) in humans and in certain animals. Trichomonads are increasingly becoming resistant to conventional modes of treatment. It is of interest to test bioactive, natural compounds for efficacy against these pathogens...
September 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899423/comparative-study-on-alkaloids-and-their-anti-proliferative-activities-from-three-zanthoxylum-species
#6
Yongqiang Tian, Chunyun Zhang, Mingquan Guo
BACKGROUND: Alkaloids have been considered as the most promising bioactive ingredients in plant species from the genus Zanthoxylum. This study reports on the compositions and contents of the Zanthoxylum alkaloids (ZAs) from three Zanthoxylum species, and their potential anti-proliferation activities. METHODS: An HPLC-UV/ESI-MS/MS method was established and employed to analyze the alkaloids in different Zanthoxylum extracts. The common and unique peaks and their relative contents were summarized and compared to evaluate the similarity and dissimilarity of the three Zanthoxylum species...
September 12, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893239/association-of-tcm-body-constitution-with-insulin-resistance-and-risk-of-diabetes-in-impaired-glucose-regulation-patients
#7
Hong You, Tong Zhang, Wen Feng, Yun Gai
BACKGROUND: Impaired glucose regulation (IGR) patients have increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Identifying relevant risk factors in IGR subjects could facilitate early detection and prevention of IGR progression to diabetes. This study investigated the association between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) body constitution and serum cytokines, and whether body constitution could independently predict diabetes in IGR subjects. METHOD: Patients with IGR (n = 306) received a blood test and their body constitution type was assessed using a body constitution questionnaire (BCQ)...
September 11, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893230/assessment-of-free-radical-scavenging-and-anti-proliferative-activities-of-tinospora-cordifolia-miers-willd
#8
Picheswara Rao Polu, Udupa Nayanbhirama, Saleemulla Khan, Rajlexmi Maheswari
BACKGROUND: Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi or Amrita) is an important drug of Ayurvedic System of Medicine and found mention in various classical texts for the treatment of diseases such as jaundice, fever, diabetes, cancer and skin disease etc. In view of its traditional claims, antioxidant and anti-proliferative activities were evaluated in the present study. METHODS: Ethanol extract (TCE) and subsequent petroleum ether (TCP), dichloromethane (TCD), n-Butanol (TCB) and aqueous (TCA) fractions of were prepared from stems of T cordifolia...
September 11, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893216/antimalarial-efficacy-of-pongamia-pinnata-l-pierre-against-plasmodium-falciparum-3d7-strain-and-plasmodium-berghei-anka
#9
P V V Satish, K Sunita
BACKGROUND: The objective of the current study was to assess the in vitro antiplasmodial activities of leaf, bark, flower, and the root of Pongamia pinnata against chloroquine-sensitive Plasmodium falciparum (3D7 strain), cytotoxicity against Brine shrimp larvae and THP-1 cell line. For in vivo study, the plant extract which has shown potent in vitro antimalarial activity was tested against Plasmodium berghei (ANKA strain). METHODS: The plant Pongamia pinnata was collected from the herbal garden of Acharya Nagarjuna University of Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India...
September 11, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888226/modulation-of-hippocampal-neuronal-activity-by-so-ochim-tang-gamibang-in-mice-subjected-to-chronic-restraint-stress
#10
Hwa Chul Shin, Jae Ho Lee, Ki Joong Kim, Hyun Jin Shin, Jeong June Choi, Chan Yong Lee, Uk Namgung, In Chul Jung
BACKGROUND: So-ochim-tang-gamibang (SOCG) is a decoction formula which has been used to improve mental activity in traditional Korean medicine. The present study was performed to evaluate whether the treatment of SOCG was involved in activating hippocampal neurons in mice which were subjected to chronic restraint stress (CRS). METHODS: Mice were subjected to CRS for 2 weeks to induce depressive-like behaviors. SOCG was orally administered for the same period. mRNA expression in the hippocampus was analyzed by RT-PCR...
September 9, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886741/taurine-and-tea-polyphenols-combination-ameliorate-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-rats
#11
Wenhua Zhu, Siwen Chen, Ronggui Chen, Zhiqing Peng, Jun Wan, Benyan Wu
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a progressive form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, for which there is currently no safe and effective drug for therapy. In this study, we explored the effects of taurine, tea polyphenols (TPs), or a combination thereof, on NASH rats. METHODS: Rats were divided into a normal group, a high-fat diet induced model group and a treatment group (including taurine, TPs, or taurine + TPs treatment for 8 weeks). Twelve weeks later, all rats were sacrificed, and serum transaminase, lipid and lipopolysaccharide levels and hepatic oxidative stress levels were determined...
September 8, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886733/radix-puerariae-and-fructus-crataegi-mixture-inhibits-renal-injury-in-type-2-diabetes-via-decreasing-of-akt-pi3k
#12
Zhengyue Chen, Yanyan Yuan, Xinrong Zou, Mengqi Hong, Ming Zhao, Yu Zhao, Yuanping Liu, Guofu Li, Yabin Zhu, Lin Luo, Beiyan Bao, Shizhong Bu
BACKGROUND: Radix puerariae (RP) is a herbal medicines for diabetes, mainly because of anti-oxidative, insulin resistance and hypoglycemic effect. Fructus crataegi (FC) also possesses strong antioxidant activity in vitro. This study focused on the effects of herbal mixture of RP and FC (RPFC) on renal protection through a diabetic rat model. METHODS: Type 2 Diabetic model was established with high fat diet followed by injecting rats a low dose of STZ (25 mg/kg body weight)...
September 8, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882181/is-cytotoxicity-a-determinant-of-the-different-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-effects-of-bioactives
#13
Mattia Di Nunzio, Veronica Valli, Lidia Tomás-Cobos, Teresa Tomás-Chisbert, Lucía Murgui-Bosch, Francesca Danesi, Alessandra Bordoni
BACKGROUND: Foodstuffs of both plant and animal origin contain a wide range of bioactive compounds. Although human intervention studies are mandatory to assess the health effects of bioactives, the in vitro approach is often used to select the most promising molecules to be studied in vivo. To avoid misleading results, concentration and chemical form, exposure time, and potential cytotoxicity of the tested bioactives should be carefully set prior to any other experiments. METHODS: In this study the possible cytotoxicity of different bioactives (docosahexaenoic acid, propionate, cyanidin-3-O-glucoside, protocatechuic acid), was investigated in HepG2 cells using different methods...
September 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877716/assessing-the-quality-of-reports-about-randomized-controlled-trials-of-scalp-acupuncture-combined-with-another-treatment-for-stroke
#14
Young-Nim You, Myung-Rae Cho, Jae-Hong Kim, Ju-Hyung Park, Gwang-Cheon Park, Min-Yeong Song, Jin-Bong Choi, Jae-Young Han
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to assess the quality of reporting on randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of scalp acupuncture for the treatment of stroke. METHODS: The following 8 databases were systematically investigated from their inception to December 2015: PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, National Institute of Informatics Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator, National Digital Science Library, Korean Traditional Knowledge Portal, and Korean Studies Information Service System...
September 6, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877698/subchronic-toxicity-of-herbal-compound-jiedu-huayu-granules-in-rats
#15
Minggang Wang, Hua Qiu, Rongzhen Zhang, Fuli Long, Dewen Mao
BACKGROUND: "Jiedu Huayu" (JDHY) granules are traditional Chinese herbal compounds that have been used to treat severe liver injury for many years. The purpose of the current study is to evaluate the safety of JDHY granules. METHODS: Subchronic toxicity was tested in male and female rats that were orally administered three different doses (80, 100, and 130 g/kg/d) of JDHY for 13 weeks. Clinical signs, bodyweight, food consumption, hematological and biochemical parameters, organ coefficients, and histological changes were observed during the study...
September 6, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877696/oral-administration-of-taheebo-tabebuia-avellanedae-lorentz-ex-griseb-water-extract-prevents-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice-by-up-regulating-type-ii-t-helper-immune-responses
#16
Hyun Jung Park, Sung Won Lee, Dong-Joo Kwon, Seong-Il Heo, Se-Ho Park, Sun Young Kim, Seokmann Hong
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are chronic inflammatory disorders that are mediated by pathogenic Th1 and Th17 cells. Previous studies have demonstrated that taheebo water extract (TWE) derived from Tabebuia avellanedae Lorentz ex Griseb., as folk remedy, has been used to treat various inflammatory diseases. Although TWE has been previously shown to display anti-inflammatory activities, the in vivo effects of TWE on mucosal immune responses remain unclear. METHODS: We examined the anti-inflammatory effects of TWE on innate immune cells such as dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages and also on the differentiation of T helper cells...
September 6, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877690/gypenosides-ameliorate-memory-deficits-in-mptp-lesioned-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-treated-with-l-dopa
#17
Ting Ting Zhao, Kyung Sook Kim, Keon Sung Shin, Hyun Jin Park, Hyun Jeong Kim, Kyung Eun Lee, Myung Koo Lee
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have revealed that gypenosides (GPS) improve the symptoms of anxiety disorders in a 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-lesioned rat model of Parkinson's disease (PD). The present study aimed to investigate the effects of GPS on memory deficits in an MPTP-lesioned mouse model of PD treated with L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA). METHODS: MPTP (30 mg/kg/day, 5 days)-lesioned mice were treated with GPS (50 mg/kg) and/or L-DOPA (10 and 25 mg/kg) for 21 days...
September 6, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877689/a-national-survey-of-chinese-medicine-doctors-and-clinical-practice-guidelines-in-china
#18
Mengyu Liu, Chi Zhang, Qinglin Zha, Wei Yang, Ya Yuwen, Linda Zhong, Zhaoxiang Bian, Xuejie Han, Aiping Lu
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for Chinese medicine (CM) are being developed to assist doctors with appropriate decisions concerning CM care. To date, there has been little investigation on the perspectives of those to whom the guidelines are directed. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire was sent to 4503 doctors in 28 provinces of China in the latter half of 2012. Questions were organized around the topics of knowledge, application, practice changes, beliefs and outcomes of implementation...
September 6, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874162/isolation-and-characterization-of-the-compounds-responsible-for-the-antimutagenic-activity-of-combretum-microphyllum-combretaceae-leaf-extracts
#19
Tshepiso Jan Makhafola, Esameldin Elzein Elgorashi, Lyndy Joy McGaw, Maurice Ducret Awouafack, Luc Verschaeve, Jacobus Nicolaas Eloff
BACKGROUND: Mutations play a major role in the pathogenesis and development of several chronic degenerative diseases including cancer. It follows, therefore that antimutagenic compound may inhibit the pathological process resulting from exposure to mutagens. Investigation of the antimutagenic potential of traditional medicinal plants and compounds isolated from plant extracts provides one of the tools that can be used to identify compounds with potential cancer chemopreventive properties...
September 6, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874151/effects-of-mollugo-pentaphylla-extract-on-monosodium-urate-crystal-induced-gouty-arthritis-in-mice
#20
Yun Mi Lee, Eun-Jung Shon, Ohn Soon Kim, Dong-Seon Kim
BACKGROUND: Gout is an inflammatory condition induced by the deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals in joints and soft tissues, and it can lead to acute or chronic arthritis. MSU are pro-inflammatory stimuli that can initiate, amplify and sustain an intense inflammatory response. In this study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of an extract of Mollugo pentaphylla (MPE) on MSU-induced gouty arthritis in a mouse model. METHOD: An MSU crystal suspension (4 mg/50 μL) was injected intradermally into the right paw...
September 6, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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