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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545532/cytotoxicity-of-the-methanol-extracts-of-elephantopus-mollis-kalanchoe-crenata-and-4-other-cameroonian-medicinal-plants-towards-human-carcinoma-cells
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Victor Kuete, Fabrice W Fokou, Oğuzhan Karaosmanoğlu, Veronique P Beng, Hülya Sivas
BACKGROUND: Cancer still constitutes one of the major health concerns globally, causing serious threats on patients, their families, and the healthcare system. METHODS: In this study, the cytotoxicity of the methanol extract of Elephantopus mollis whole plant (EMW), Enantia chlorantha bark (ECB), Kalanchoe crenata leaves (KCL), Lophira alata bark (LAB), Millettia macrophylla leaves (MML) and Phragmanthera capitata leaves (PCL) towards five human solid cancer cell lines and normal CRL2120 fibroblasts, was evaluated...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545527/what-intrinsic-factors-influence-responsiveness-to-acupuncture-in-pain-a-review-of-pre-clinical-studies-that-used-responder-analysis
#2
Yu-Kang Kim, Ji-Yeun Park, Seung-Nam Kim, Mijung Yeom, Seungmin Lee, Ju-Young Oh, Hyangsook Lee, Younbyoung Chae, Dae-Hyun Hahm, Hi-Joon Park
BACKGROUND: Not many studies have investigated individual sensitivity to acupuncture. To explore the intrinsic factors related to individual responses to acupuncture, we reviewed published pre-clinical studies using responder analysis on pain. METHODS: We searched the PubMed and EMBASE databases to June 2015. We included pre-clinical reports describing responders and non-responders to anti-nociceptive and analgesic effects of acupuncture in animal study. We identified the potential intrinsic factors which might be related with the response to acupuncture...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545442/anti-cancer-effect-of-scutellaria-baicalensis-in-combination-with-cisplatin-in-human-ovarian-cancer-cell
#3
Bo Yoon Choi, Jong Cheon Joo, Yeon Kyu Lee, Ik-Soon Jang, Soo Jung Park, Yoon Jung Park
BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer is one of the major causes of death among females in worldwide. Cisplatin is a primary anti-cancer drug against ovarian cancer, but the recurrent tumors after treatment frequently show acquired chemoresistance. Extract of Scutellaria baicalensis (SbE) has been reported to have functional compounds including baicalin, which has anti-cancer effects. However, the anti-cancer effects of SbE in ovarian cancer and its underlying mechanisms are elusive. METHODS: We investigated that the effects of SbE and/or cisplatin on cell death in the cisplatin sensitive ovarian cancer cell line A2780 (CSC) and the counterpart cell line that has cisplatin resistance (CRC)...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545438/investigation-of-antioxidant-antimicrobial-and-toxicity-activities-of-lichens-from-high-altitude-regions-of-nepal
#4
Baidya Nath Jha, Mitesh Shrestha, Durga Prasad Pandey, Tribikram Bhattarai, Hari Datta Bhattarai, Babita Paudel
BACKGROUND: Several lichen species are reported to be used tradiationally in many theraupatic practices. Many lichen species are reported as sources of several bioactive natural compounds. Several lichen species of Nepal are so far chemically unexplored. METHODS: The morphological, anatomical and phytochemical characteristics of lichens were compared for the taxonomic identification of the species. Methanol- water extract of lichens were sub fractionated into hexane, dichloromethane and methanol fractions for bioactivity assays...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545436/thymoquinone-tq-inhibits-the-replication-of-intracellular-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-macrophages-and-modulates-nitric-oxide-production
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Hafij Al Mahmud, Hoonhee Seo, Sukyung Kim, Md Imtiazul Islam, Kung-Woo Nam, Hyun-Deuk Cho, Ho-Yeon Song
BACKGROUND: Human tuberculosis, which is caused by the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, remains a major public health concern. Increasing drug resistance poses a threat of disease resurgence and continues to cause considerable mortality worldwide, which necessitates the development of new drugs with improved efficacy. Thymoquinone (TQ), an essential compound of Nigella sativa, was previously reported as an active anti-tuberculosis agent. METHODS: In this study, the effects of TQ on intracellular mycobacterial replication are examined in macrophages...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545435/urinary-metabolomics-study-on-the-protective-role-of-orthosiphon-stamineus-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-mellitus-in-rats-via-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy
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Amalina Ahmad Azam, Raghunath Pariyani, Intan Safinar Ismail, Amin Ismail, Alfi Khatib, Faridah Abas, Khozirah Shaari
BACKGROUND: Orthosiphon stamineus (OS) is a herb known in ethnomedicine for treating diabetes mellitus (DM). In this study, a (1)H NMR based urine metabolomics tool has been used for the first time to identify the metabolic protective mechanism of OS in DM using Streptozotocin (STZ) induced experimental model in rats. METHODS: Four different solvent extracts of OS, namely aqueous, ethanolic, 50% aqueous ethanolic and methanolic, at a dose of 500 mg/kg body weight (bw) were orally administered for 14 days to diabetic rats induced via intraperitoneal injection of 60 mg/kg bw STZ...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545434/effects-of-dangguibuxue-decoction-on-rat-glomerular-mesangial-cells-cultured-under-high-glucose-conditions
#7
Xiao-Dan Ren, Ying-Wen Zhang, Xiu-Ping Wang, Ya-Rong Li
BACKGROUND: Dysfunction of glomerular mesangial cells (GMCs) plays an important role in pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. Here, we investigated the effects of Dangguibuxue decoction (DBD), an herbal traditional Chinese medicinal (TCM) formula composed of Astragali Radix and Angelicae Sinensis Radix, on GMC proliferation and fibrogenesis under high-glucose (HG) conditions. METHODS: Sixty male Sprague Dawley rats were divided into 5 groups and administered intragastric 0...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535789/a-multi-target-therapeutic-potential-of-prunus-domestica-gum-stabilized-nanoparticles-exhibited-prospective-anticancer-antibacterial-urease-inhibition-anti-inflammatory-and-analgesic-properties
#8
Nazar Ul Islam, Raza Amin, Muhammad Shahid, Muhammad Amin, Sumera Zaib, Jamshed Iqbal
BACKGROUND: Phytotherapeutics exhibit diverse pharmacological effects that are based on the combined action of a mixture of phytoconstituents. In this study, Prunus domestica gum-loaded, stabilized gold and silver nanoparticles (Au/Ag-NPs) were evaluated for their prospective anticancer, antibacterial, urease-inhibition, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. METHODS: Au/Ag-NPs were biosynthesized and characterized with UV-Vis, FTIR, SEM, EDX, and XRD techniques...
May 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535783/in-vivo-effect-of-commiphora-swynnertonii-ethanolic-extracts-on-trypanosoma-congolense-and-selected-immunological-components-in-mice
#9
Yakob P Nagagi, Richard S Silayo, Claudius Luziga, Eliningaya J Kweka
BACKGROUND: The search for alternative trypanocidal compounds which can be available at affordable price is of paramount importance for control of trypanosomosis in human and animals. The current study evaluates the in vivo activity of ethanolic stem bark extracts on Trypanosoma congolense and selected immunological components in an inbred Swiss albino mouse model. METHODS: Groups of mice infected with T. congolense were treated with the stem bark extracts at a rate of 1000 mg/kg, 1500 mg/kg, and 2000 mg/kg, twice a day in one set and thrice a day in another setting for three days consecutively...
May 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532415/hemodynamic-changes-caused-by-acupuncture-in-healthy-volunteers-a-prospective-single-arm-exploratory-clinical-study
#10
Tae-Hun Kim, Boncho Ku, Jang-Han Bae, Jae-Young Shin, Min-Ho Jun, Jung Won Kang, Junghwan Kim, Jun-Hwan Lee, Jaeuk U Kim
BACKGROUND: Radial pressure pulse wave (RPPW) examination has been a key diagnostic component of traditional Chinese medicine. The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in RPPW along with various hemodynamic variables after acupuncture stimulation and to examine the validity of pulse diagnosis as a modern diagnostic tool. METHODS: We conducted acupuncture stimulation at both ST36 acupuncture points in 25 healthy volunteers. We simultaneously assessed the RPPW by pulse tonometry; heart rate variability (HRV) by electrocardiogram; photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals, respiration rate, peripheral blood flow velocity and arterial depth by ultrasonography; and cardiac output by impedance cardiography, before, during and after a session of acupuncture stimulation...
May 22, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532402/antiviral-activity-of-phenanthrenes-from-the-medicinal-plant-bletilla-striata-against-influenza-a-virus
#11
Ya Shi, Bing Zhang, Yiyu Lu, Chaodong Qian, Yan Feng, Liwei Fang, Zhishan Ding, Dongqing Cheng
BACKGROUND: Influenza represents a serious public health concern. The emergence of resistance to anti-influenza drugs underlines the need to develop new drugs. This study aimed to evaluate the anti-influenza viral activity and possible mechanisms of 12 phenanthrenes from the medicinal plant Bletilla striata (Orchidaceae family). METHODS: Twelve phenanthrenes were isolated and identified from B. striata. Influenza virus A/Sydney/5/97 (H3N2) propagated in embryonated chicken eggs was used...
May 22, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526079/patient-needs-and-preferences-for-herb-drug-disease-interaction-alerts-a-structured-interview-study
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Carrie M Christensen, Rebecca S Morris, Seraphine Chepkemoi Kapsandoy, Melissa Archer, Jinqiu Kuang, Laura Shane-McWhorter, Bruce E Bray, Qing Zeng-Treitler
BACKGROUND: While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used in the United States and elsewhere, and hazardous interactions with prescription drugs can occur, patients do not regularly communicate with physicians about their CAM use. The objective of this study was to discover patient information needs and preferences for herb-drug-disease interaction alerts. METHODS: We recruited 50 people from several locations within the University of Utah Hospital to participate in this structured interview study...
May 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521827/antioxidant-activity-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitory-potential-and-phytochemical-analysis-of-sarcocephalus-latifolius-sm-bark-used-in-traditional-medicine-in-sudan
#13
Alsiddig Osama, Sufyan Awadelkarim, Amna Ali
BACKGROUND: Sarcocephalus latifolius is used as a traditional medicine for curing many diseases in Sudan. The main objective of the current study was to determine the antioxidant activity and acetylcholinesterase inhibition (AChEI) of S. latifolius, and to estimate its total phenolic and flavonoid contents. METHODS: Antioxidant activity of the tested plant extracts was carried out by determining their ability to scavenge the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH) free radical...
May 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521826/practitioners-perspectives-on-evaluating-treatment-outcomes-in-traditional-chinese-medicine
#14
Yan-Hong Zhang, Jing Lv, Wei Gao, Jun Li, Ji-Qian Fang, Li-Yun He, Bao-Yan Liu
BACKGROUND: There are no generally accepted standards for evaluation of treatment outcomes in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Pattern differentiation and individual treatments are recognized as the most distinguishing features of TCM. Therefore, how practitioners determine curative effects is an issue worthy of research, though little has been done in this area up to this point. This study examines perceptions of the effectiveness of TCM treatments and the means of evaluating clinical outcomes from the practitioners' perspective...
May 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521788/methanol-extract-of-dicranopteris-linearis-l-leaves-impedes-acetaminophen-induced-liver-intoxication-partly-by-enhancing-the-endogenous-antioxidant-system
#15
Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria, Farah Hidayah Kamisan, Maizatul Hasyima Omar, Nur Diyana Mahmood, Fezah Othman, Siti Selina Abdul Hamid, Muhammad Nazrul Hakim Abdullah
BACKGROUND: The present study investigated the potential of methanolic extract of Dicranopteris linearis (MEDL) leaves to attenuate liver intoxication induced by acetaminophen (APAP) in rats. METHODS: A group of mice (n = 5) treated orally with a single dose (5000 mg/kg) of MEDL was first subjected to the acute toxicity study using the OECD 420 model. In the hepatoprotective study, six groups of rats (n = 6) were used and each received as follows: Group 1 (normal control; pretreated with 10% DMSO (extract's vehicle) followed by treatment with 10% DMSO (hepatotoxin's vehicle) (10% DMSO +10% DMSO)), Group 2 (hepatotoxic control; 10% DMSO +3 g/kg APAP (hepatotoxin)), Group 3 (positive control; 200 mg/kg silymarin +3 g/kg APAP), Group 4 (50 mg/kg MEDL +3 g/kg APAP), Group 5 (250 mg/kg MEDL +3 g/kg APAP) or Group 6 (500 mg/kg MEDL +3 g/kg APAP)...
May 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514949/membrane-of-candida-albicans-as-a-target-of-berberine
#16
Nataša Zorić, Ivan Kosalec, Siniša Tomić, Ivan Bobnjarić, Mario Jug, Toni Vlainić, Josipa Vlainić
BACKGROUND: We investigated the mechanisms of anti-Candida action of isoquinoline alkaloid berberine, active constituent of medically important plants of Barberry species. METHODS: The effects on membrane, morphological transition, synthesis of ergosterol and the consequent changes in membrane permeability have been studied. Polarization and lipid peroxidation level of the membrane following berberine treatment have been addressed. RESULTS: Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of berberine against C...
May 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511700/a-new-easy-to-make-pectin-honey-hydrogel-enhances-wound-healing-in-rats
#17
Gessica Giusto, Cristina Vercelli, Francesco Comino, Vittorio Caramello, Massimiliano Tursi, Marco Gandini
BACKGROUND: Honey, alone or in combination, has been used for wound healing since ancient times and has reemerged as a topic of interest in the last decade. Pectin has recently been investigated for its use in various biomedical applications such as drug delivery, skin protection, and scaffolding for cells. The aim of the present study was to develop and evaluate a pectin-honey hydrogel (PHH) as a wound healing membrane and to compare this dressing to liquid honey. METHODS: Thirty-six adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized and a 2 × 2 cm excisional wound was created on the dorsum...
May 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511679/evaluation-of-anti-inflammatory-and-gastric-anti-ulcer-activity-of-phyllanthus-niruri-l-euphorbiaceae-leaves-in-experimental-rats
#18
Ronia Mostofa, Shanta Ahmed, Mst Marium Begum, Md Sohanur Rahman, Taslima Begum, Siraj Uddin Ahmed, Riazul Haque Tuhin, Munny Das, Amir Hossain, Manju Sharma, Rayhana Begum
BACKGROUND: The medicinal plants signify a massive basin of potential phytoconstituents that could be valuable as a substitute to allopathic drugs or considered as an analogue in drug development. Phyllanthus niruri L. (Euphorbiaceae) is generally used in traditional medicine to treat ulcer and inflammation. In this project we investigated the methanolic extract of leaves of Phyllanthus niruri for anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer activity. METHODS: The anti-inflammatory activity of methanol extract of Phyllanthus niruri leaves was evaluated at the doses of 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg, p...
May 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506259/detection-of-antibacterial-activities-of-miswak-kalonji-and-aloe-vera-against-oral-pathogens-anti-proliferative-activity-against-cancer-cell-line
#19
Sameen Amjed, Kashaf Junaid, Junaid Jafar, Tuaha Amjad, Waqas Maqsood, Nadia Mukhtar, Kanza Tariq, Musarrat Sharif, Sana Javaid Awan, Farheen Ansari
BACKGROUND: Emerging drug resistance and hindrance of treatment is provoking scientists to search new, less expensive medicinally active compounds. Dental diseases caused by oral pathogens are very frequent chronic infections around the world. The medical potentials of a lot of Pakistani local herbs and herbal combinations is relatively unknown, hence attempted to explore. A study was designed to investigate potential role of local medicinal herbs for example Miswak, Kalonji & Aloe vera as antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-proliferative agents against oral pathogens and cancer cell line...
May 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506228/chinese-herbal-pulian-ointment-in-treating-psoriasis-vulgaris-of-blood-heat-syndrome-a-multi-center-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#20
Nuo Li, Wenbin Zhao, Jianmin Xing, Jianping Liu, Guangzhong Zhang, Yunbi Zhang, Yuanwen Li, Wali Liu, Fei Shi, Yanping Bai
BACKGROUND: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris. We aimed to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal Pulian ointment in treating psoriasis vulgaris of blood-heat syndrome. METHODS: A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted. Participants with psoriasis vulgaris of blood-heat syndrome were blinded and randomized to receive Pulian ointment or placebo ointment twice daily for 4 weeks, with follow-up 8 weeks after treatment...
May 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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