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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818104/neuroprotective-properties-of-curcumin-in-toxin-base-animal-models-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-systematic-experiment-literatures-review
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Xin-Shi Wang, Zeng-Rui Zhang, Man-Man Zhang, Miao-Xuan Sun, Wen-Wen Wang, Cheng-Long Xie
BACKGROUND: Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), a polyphenol extracted from the plant Curcuma longa, is widely used in Southeast Asia, China and India in food preparation and for medicinal purposes. Meanwhile, the neuroprotective actions of curcumin have been documented for experimental therapy in Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: In this study, we used a systematic review to comprehensively assess the efficacy of curcumin in experimental PD. Using electronic and manual search for the literatures, we identified studies describing the efficacy of curcumin in animal models of PD...
August 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818066/hepatoprotective-and-antioxidant-effects-of-single-clove-garlic-against-ccl4-induced-hepatic-damage-in-rabbits
#2
Khalid Mohammed Naji, Elham Shukri Al-Shaibani, Fatima A Alhadi, Safa'a Abdulrzaq Al-Soudi, Myrene R D'souza
BACKGROUND: The increase in demand and consumption of single clove garlic or 'Solo garlic' (Allium sativum) has resulted in an increase in research on its therapeutic properties. The present study aims to evaluate the antioxidant activities, oxidant-scavenging efficiency and preventive effects of SCG (single clove garlic) and MCG (multi clove garlic) on CCl4-induced acute hepatotoxicity in male rabbits. METHODS: For this purpose, rabbits were orally administered with 3 ml of CCl4 /kg of body weight, followed by 0...
August 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814337/validity-of-a-cochrane-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-for-determining-the-safety-of-vitamin-e
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LETTER
Christopher J Oliver, Stephen P Myers
The public safety of α-tocopherol has been called in question by several meta-analyses which have raised concern among regulatory authorities. The objective of this study was to evaluate the Cochrane Database Systematic Review 2012 (CD007176) which concludes that α-tocopherol forms of vitamin E have a statistically significant effect on mortality, by assessing the trials and datasets used and determining their effect upon the primary outcome.The Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study (ATBC), a factorial design study of Finnish smokers was a pivotal paper in the Cochrane Review owing to the high mortality rate observed which resulted in a substantial weighting (42...
August 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814305/blood-pressure-lowering-effect-of-shinrin-yoku-forest-bathing-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
Yuki Ideno, Kunihiko Hayashi, Yukina Abe, Kayo Ueda, Hiroyasu Iso, Mitsuhiko Noda, Jung-Su Lee, Shosuke Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Shinrin-yoku (experiencing the forest atmosphere or forest bathing) has received increasing attention from the perspective of preventive medicine in recent years. Some studies have reported that the forest environment decreases blood pressure. However, little is known about the possibility of anti-hypertensive applications of Shinrin-yoku. This study aimed to evaluate preventive or therapeutic effects of the forest environment on blood pressure. METHODS: We systematically reviewed the medical literature and performed a meta-analysis...
August 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814292/the-protective-effects-of-resveratrol-against-radiation-induced-intestinal-injury
#5
Heng Zhang, Hao Yan, Xiaoliang Zhou, Huaqing Wang, Yiling Yang, Junling Zhang, Hui Wang
BACKGROUND: Intestinal injury is a potential cause of death after high-dose radiation exposure. The aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effects of resveratrol against radiation-induced small intestine injury. METHODS: C57BL/6 N mice were irradiated and treated with resveratrol and/or Ex527 (a potent Sirt1 inhibitor), and subsequent examining intestinal morphological changes, and crypt cell apoptosis. Then, the expression and enzyme activity of SOD2 in the small intestine were examined...
August 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810910/comprehensive-evaluation-of-gene-expression-signatures-in-response-to-electroacupuncture-stimulation-at-zusanli-st36-acupoint-by-transcriptomic-analysis
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Jing-Shan Wu, Hsin-Yi Lo, Chia-Cheng Li, Feng-Yuan Chen, Chien-Yun Hsiang, Tin-Yun Ho
BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA) has been applied to treat and prevent diseases for years. However, molecular events happened in both the acupunctured site and the internal organs after EA stimulation have not been clarified. METHODS: Here we applied transcriptomic analysis to explore the gene expression signatures after EA stimulation. Mice were applied EA stimulation at ST36 for 15 min and nine tissues were collected three hours later for microarray analysis...
August 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810849/in-vitro-antiplasmodial-activity-and-prophylactic-potentials-of-extract-and-fractions-of-trema-orientalis-linn-stem-bark
#7
John Oludele Olanlokun, Oluwole Moses David, Anthony Jide Afolayan
BACKGROUND: Trema orientalis (T. orientalis Linn) has been used in the management of malaria in the western part of Nigeria and despite its application in ethnomedicine, there is dearth of scientific evidence to justify the acclaimed prophylactic antimalarial usage of the plant. The aim of this study is to assess the in vitro antiplasmodial cell-free assay and chemopreventive efficacy of the methanol extract of the stem bark of T. orientalis and its fractions as a prophylactic regimen for malaria prevention...
August 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806986/antihyperlipidaemic-and-hepatoprotective-activities-of-acidic-and-enzymatic-hydrolysis-exopolysaccharides-from-pleurotus-eryngii-si-04
#8
Chen Zhang, Juan Li, Jing Wang, Xingling Song, Jianjun Zhang, Shang Wu, Chunlong Hu, Zhiyuan Gong, Le Jia
BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidaemia is the major risk factor contributing to the development and progression of atherosclerosis, fatty liver and cerebrovascular disease. Pleurotus eryngii (P. eryngii) is rich in biologically active components, especially polysaccharides that exhibit various biological activities, including reducing blood lipids. In the present study, three novel polysaccharide types, including exopolysaccharides (EPS), enzymatic EPS (EEPS) and acidic EPS (AEPS) were isolated, and the hypolipidaemic and hepatoprotective effects were investigated to better understand possible hypolipidaemic mechanisms and their hepatoprotective effects...
August 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806951/phytochemical-analysis-and-in-vitro-anthelmintic-activity-of-lophira-lanceolata-ochnaceae-on-the-bovine-parasite-onchocerca-ochengi-and-on-drug-resistant-strains-of-the-free-living-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans
#9
Justin Kalmobé, Dieudonné Ndjonka, Djafsia Boursou, Jacqueline Dikti Vildina, Eva Liebau
BACKGROUND: Onchocerciasis is one of the tropical neglected diseases (NTDs) caused by the nematode Onchocerca volvulus. Control strategies currently in use rely on mass administration of ivermectin, which has marked activity against microfilariae. Furthermore, the development of resistance to ivermectin was observed. Since vaccine and safe macrofilaricidal treatment against onchocerciasis are still lacking, there is an urgent need to discover novel drugs. This study was undertaken to investigate the anthelmintic activity of Lophira lanceolata on the cattle parasite Onchocerca ochengi and the anthelmintic drug resistant strains of the free living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and to determine the phytochemical profiles of the extracts and fractions of the plants...
August 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806947/conessine-as-a-novel-inhibitor-of-multidrug-efflux-pump-systems-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#10
Thanyaluck Siriyong, Potjanee Srimanote, Sasitorn Chusri, Boon-Ek Yingyongnarongkul, Channarong Suaisom, Varomyalin Tipmanee, Supayang Piyawan Voravuthikunchai
BACKGROUND: Holarrhena antidysenterica has been employed as an ethnobotanical plant for the treatment of dysentery, diarrhoea, fever, and bacterial infections. Biological activities of the principle compound, conessine including anti-diarrhoea and anti-plasmodial effects were documented. Our previous study reported potency of Holarrhena antidysenterica extract and conessine as resistance modifying agents against extensively drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. This study aimed to investigate (i) whether conessine, a steroidal alkaloid compound, could act as a resistance modifying agent against multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and (ii) whether MexAB-OprM efflux pump involved in the mechanism...
August 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806939/effect-of-electromagnetic-fields-on-human-osteoarthritic-and-non-osteoarthritic-chondrocytes
#11
Julia Isabelle Redeker, Bärbel Schmitt, Nele Pascale Grigull, Christian Braun, Andreas Büttner, Volkmar Jansson, Susanne Mayer-Wagner
BACKGROUND: Studies of the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on cartilaginous cells show a broad range of outcomes. However EMFs are not yet clinically applied as standard treatment of osteoarthritis, as EMF effects are showing varying outcomes in the literature. The aim of this study was to examine effects of EMFs (5 mT or 8 mT) on osteoarthritic (OA) and non-OA chondrocytes in order to investigate whether EMF effects are related to chondrocyte and EMF quality. METHODS: Pellets of human OA and non-OA chondrocytes were exposed to a sinusoidal 15 Hz EMF produced by a solenoid...
August 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800782/effects-of-chinese-medicinal-herbs-on-expression-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-and-its-interaction-with-human-breast-cancer-mda-mb-231-cells-and-endothelial-huvecs
#12
Jen-Hwey Chiu, Fang-Pey Chen, Yi-Fang Tsai, Man-Ting Lin, Ling-Ming Tseng, Yi-Ming Shyr
BACKGROUND: Our previous study demonstrated that an up-regulation of the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) signaling pathway is involved the mechanism causing the recurrence of triple negative breast cancer. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of commonly used Chinese medicinal herbs on MDA-MB-231 and HUVEC cells and how they interact with BDNF. METHODS: Human TNBC MDA-MB-231 cells and human endothelial HUVEC cells were used to explore the effect of commonly used Chinese herbal medicines on cancer cells alone, on endothelial cells alone and on cancer cell/endothelial cell interactions; this was done via functional studies, including migration and invasion assays...
August 12, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800757/anthelminthic-properties-of-methylene-chloride-methanol-1-1-extracts-of-two-cameroonians-medicinal-plants-on-heligmosomoides-bakeri-nematoda-heligmosomatidea
#13
Sergine Errole Ngouateu Teufack, Gertrude NMbogning Tayo, Marc Ngangout Alidou, Jeannette Yondo, Amely Frankline Djiomene, Josué Wabo Poné, Faùily Mpoame Mbida
BACKGROUND: The resistance of some medico-veterinary parasite strains as well as the unavailability and toxicity of synthetic anthelminthics on humans, animals and the impacts of their residues in the environment have pushed scientists to turn to plants with anthelminthic properties. Hence, the aim of this work was to contribute to the fight against helminths of medical and veterinary importance in general, and also to clear the environment of their free living stages. METHODS: Fresh eggs of Heligmosomoides bakeri were obtained from the faeces of experimentally infected mice...
August 11, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797303/combined-antioxidant-effects-of-neem-extract-bacteria-red-blood-cells-and-lysozyme-possible-relation-to-periodontal-disease
#14
Leali Heyman, Yael Houri-Haddad, Samuel N Heyman, Isaac Ginsburg, Yossi Gleitman, Osnat Feuerstein
BACKGROUND: The common usage of chewing sticks prepared from Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) in India suggests its potential efficacy in periodontal diseases. The objective of this study is to explore the antibacterial effects of Neem leaf extract on the periodontophatic bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum, and its antioxidant capacities alone and in combination with bacteria and polycationic peptides that may be at the site of inflammation. METHODS: Neem leaf extract was prepared by ethanol extraction...
August 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797292/the-ethanol-extract-of-aquilariae-lignum-ameliorates-hippocampal-oxidative-stress-in-a-repeated-restraint-stress-mouse-model
#15
Hyun-Yong Lee, Jin-Seok Lee, Hyeong-Geug Kim, Won-Yong Kim, Seung-Bae Lee, Yung-Hyun Choi, Chang-Gue Son
BACKGROUND: Chronic stress contributes to the development of brain disorders, such as neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. Oxidative damage is well known as a causative factor for pathogenic process in brain tissues. The aim of this study is to evaluate the neuroprotective effect of a 30% ethanol extract of Aquilariae Lignum (ALE) in repeated stress-induced hippocampal oxidative injury. METHODS: Fifty BALB/c male mice (12 weeks old) were randomly divided into five groups (n = 10)...
August 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797264/flavonolignans-inhibit-the-arachidonic-acid-pathway-in-blood-platelets
#16
Michal Bijak, Joanna Saluk-Bijak
BACKGROUND: Arachidonic acid metabolism by cyclooxygenase (COX) is a major pathway for blood platelets' activation, which is associated with pro-thrombotic platelet activity and the production of pro-inflammatory mediators. Inhibition of COX activity is one of the major means of anti-platelet pharmacotherapy preventing arterial thrombosis and reducing the incidence of cardiovascular events. Recent studies have presented that a silymarin (standardized extract of Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)) can inhibit the COX pathway...
August 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797251/the-cardioprotective-and-antiarrhythmic-effects-of-nardostachys-chinensis-in-animal-and-cell-experiments
#17
Min Li, Xue Xu, Xinyu Yang, Joey S W Kwong, Hongcai Shang
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of premature death throughout the world. An estimated 17.5 million people died from CVD in 2012, representing 31% of all global deaths. Nardostachys chinensis (NC), a typical traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), plays a crucial role in the management of patients with CVD, especially for those with cardiac arrhythmia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotective and antiarrhythmic effects of NC in animal and cell experiments...
August 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793918/key-stakeholder-perspectives-on-the-barriers-and-solutions-to-pharmacy-practice-towards-complementary-medicines-an-australian-experience
#18
Carolina Oi Lam Ung, Joanna Harnett, Hao Hu
BACKGROUND: Although pharmacists are entrusted to play a role in ensuring the safe and appropriate use of all medicines, in general, the inclusion of complementary medicines (CMs) into their professional practice has not been observed. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions and opinions of pharmacists and 8 key stakeholder leaders regarding the barriers that hinder pharmacists from providing care related to the use of CMs by patients/consumers and to identify solutions that would support pharmacists' in extending their role in this area...
August 9, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793915/the-functional-property-of-royal-jelly-10-hydroxy-2-decenoic-acid-as-a-melanogenesis-inhibitor
#19
Chi-Chung Peng, Hui-Tzu Sun, I-Ping Lin, Ping-Chung Kuo, Jen-Chieh Li
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that royal jelly would reduce melanin synthesis and inhibit the expression of melanogensis related proteins and genes. In this study, we evaluate the anti-melanogenic and depigmenting activity of 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA) from royal jelly of Apis mellifera. METHODS: In this study, we assesses the 10-HDA whitening activity in comparison with the changes in the intracellular tyrosinase activity, melanin content and melanin production related protein levles in B16F1 melanoma cells after treating with 10-HDA...
August 9, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793909/-6-gingerol-from-zingiber-officinale-potentiates-glp-1-mediated-glucose-stimulated-insulin-secretion-pathway-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-and-increases-rab8-rab10-regulated-membrane-presentation-of-glut4-transporters-in-skeletal-muscle-to-improve-hyperglycemia-in
#20
Mehdi Bin Samad, Md Nurul Absar Bin Mohsin, Bodiul Alam Razu, Mohammad Tashnim Hossain, Sinayat Mahzabeen, Naziat Unnoor, Ishrat Aklima Muna, Farjana Akhter, Ashraf Ul Kabir, J M A Hannan
BACKGROUND: [6]-Gingerol, a major component of Zingiber officinale, was previously reported to ameliorate hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetic mice. Endocrine signaling is involved in insulin secretion and is perturbed in db/db Type-2 diabetic mice. [6]-Gingerol was reported to restore the disrupted endocrine signaling in rodents. In this current study on Lepr(db/db) diabetic mice, we investigated the involvement of endocrine pathway in the insulin secretagogue activity of [6]-Gingerol and the mechanism(s) through which [6]-Gingerol ameliorates hyperglycemia...
August 9, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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