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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209193/up601-a-standardized-botanical-composition-composed-of-morus-alba-yerba-mate-and-magnolia-officinalis-for-weight-loss
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Mesfin Yimam, Ping Jiao, Mei Hong, Lidia Brownell, Young-Chul Lee, Eu-Jin Hyun, Hyun-Jin Kim, Jeong-Bum Nam, Mi-Ran Kim, Qi Jia
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity is surging in an alarming rate all over the world. Pharmaceutical drugs are considered potential adjunctive therapy to lifestyle modification. However, for most, besides being too expensive, their long term usages are hindered by their severe adverse effects. Here we describe the effect of UP601, a standardized blend of extracts from Morus alba, Yerba mate and Magnolia officinalis, in modulating a number of obesity-related phenotypic and biochemical markers in a high-fat high-fructose (HFF)-induced C57BL/6J mouse model of obesity...
February 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209156/breastdefend-enhances-effect-of-tamoxifen-in-estrogen-receptor-positive-human-breast-cancer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#2
Shujie Cheng, Victor Castillo, Matt Welty, Mark Alvarado, Isaac Eliaz, Constance J Temm, George E Sandusky, Daniel Sliva
BACKGROUND: Tamoxifen (TAM) has been widely used for the treatment of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer and its combination with other therapies is being actively investigated as a way to increase efficacy and decrease side effects. Here, we evaluate the therapeutic potential of co-treatment with TAM and BreastDefend (BD), a dietary supplement formula, in ER-positive human breast cancer. METHODS: Cell proliferation and apoptosis were determined in ER-positive human breast cancer cells MCF-7 by MTT assay, quantitation of cytoplasmic histone-associated DNA fragments and expression of cleaved PARP, respectively...
February 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202081/use-of-ethanol-extracts-of-terminalia-chebula-to-prevent-periodontal-disease-induced-by-dental-plaque-bacteria
#3
Jongsung Lee, Youn Hwa Nho, Seok Kyun Yun, Young Sun Hwang
BACKGROUND: The fruit of the Terminalia chebula tree has been widely used for the treatment of various disorders. Its anti-diabetic, anti-mutagenic, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral effects have been studied. Dental plaque bacteria (DPB) are intimately associated with gingivitis and periodontitis. In the quest for materials that will prove useful in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease, we investigated the preventive effects of an ethanol extract of Terminalia chebula (EETC) on DPB-induced inflammation and bone resorption...
February 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202067/acupuncture-for-acute-moderate-thalamic-hemorrhage-randomized-controlled-trial-study-protocol
#4
Chengwei Wang, Chao You, Lu Ma, Mengyue Liu, Meng Tian, Ning Li
BACKGROUND: Thalamic hemorrhage (TH) is a neurological insult with a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Moderate TH (10-30 ml) accounts for more than half of all TH. Treatment remains controversial. The role of acupuncture in patients with moderate TH is not clear. METHODS: We will conduct a single-center, randomized, parallel group, and assessor-blinded clinical trial. A total of 488 patients with moderate TH will be randomly assigned to one of eight groups: 10-15 cc left sided TH study group (N = 61) and a corresponding control group (N = 61), 10-15 cc right sided TH study group (N = 61) and a corresponding control group, 15-30 cc left sided TH study group (N = 61) and a corresponding control group (N = 61), and 15-30 cc right sided TH study group (N = 61) and a corresponding control group...
February 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202019/anti-arthritic-property-of-crude-extracts-of-piptadeniastrum-africanum-mimosaceae-in-complete-freund-s-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats
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Marius Mbiantcha, Jabeen Almas, Simjee U Shabana, Dastagir Nida, Faheem Aisha
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis, disease of unknown causes is a rheumatic and autoimmune pathology, recognised for its increasing frequency and its adverse consequences. It is a disease that occurs in most cases between 50 and 60 years and women are more affected than men. This study aimed at evaluating immunomodulatory and anti-arthritis capacity of aqueous and methanol extracts of stem bark of Piptadeniastrum africanum (Mimosaceae). METHODS: ROS production from phagocytes, proliferation of T-cells, TNF-α and IL-1β production and cytotoxicity were performed by using chemiluminescence technique, liquid scintillation counter, ELISA and MTT assay, respectively...
February 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196487/anti-hsv-2-activity-of-terminalia-chebula-retz-extract-and-its-constituents-chebulagic-and-chebulinic-acids
#6
Ajay Kesharwani, Suja Kizhiyedath Polachira, Reshmi Nair, Aakanksha Agarwal, Nripendra Nath Mishra, Satish Kumar Gupta
BACKGROUND: Development of new and effective therapeutics for sexually transmitted herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) infection is important from public health perspective. With an aim to identify natural products from medicinal plants, in the present study, the potential of Terminalia chebula Retz was investigated for its activity against HSV-2. METHODS: Fruits of Terminalia chebula Retz were used to prepare 50% ethanolic extract. In addition, chebulagic acid and chebulinic acid both purified from T...
February 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193278/qianggu-capsule-for-the-treatment-of-primary-osteoporosis-evidence-from-a-chinese-patent-medicine
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Xu Wei, Aili Xu, Hao Shen, Yanming Xie
BACKGROUND: Qianggu Capsule, a Chinese patent medicine, has been widely applied in the clinical practice of primary osteoporosis (POP) in recent years. This study aims to summarize the effectiveness and safety of Qianggu Capsule in treating POP. METHODS: We searched seven electronic databases, all searches ended in 30 September, 2015. All randomised controlled trials comparing the efficacy of Qianggu Capsule treatment with no treatment, placebo or conventional therapy for POP were included...
February 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193226/hair-growth-promoting-effect-of-geranium-sibiricum-extract-in-human-dermal-papilla-cells-and-c57bl-6-mice
#8
William A Boisvert, Miri Yu, Youngbin Choi, Gi Hee Jeong, Yi-Lin Zhang, Sunghun Cho, Changsun Choi, Sanghyun Lee, Bog-Hieu Lee
BACKGROUND: Geranium sibiricum L. has been used as a medicinal plant to treat diarrhea, bacterial infection, and cancer in Bulgaria, Peru, and Korea. However, its hair growth-promoting effect was not investigated so far. This study examined the effects of Geranium sibiricum L. extract (GSE) on hair growth, using in vitro and in vivo models. METHODS: Antioxidant, proliferation and migration assay of GSE was performed with human dermal papilla cells (hDPCs). Hair-growth promoting effect was measured in animal model...
February 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187744/medication-use-by-middle-aged-and-older-participants-of-an-exercise-study-results-from-the-brain-in-motion-study
#9
Tania Pannu, Sarah Sharkey, Grazyna Burek, Daniela Cretu, Michael D Hill, David B Hogan, Marc J Poulin
BACKGROUND: Over the past 50 years, there has been an increase in the utilization of prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and natural health products. Although it is known that medication use is common among older persons, accurate data on the patterns of use, including the quantity and type of medications consumed in a generally healthy older population from a Canadian perspective are lacking. In this study, we study the pattern of medication use in a sedentary but otherwise healthy older persons use and determined if there was an association between medication use and aerobic fitness level...
February 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187732/comparative-studies-on-the-multi-component-pharmacokinetics-of-aristolochiae-fructus-and-honey-fried-aristolochiae-fructus-extracts-after-oral-administration-in-rats
#10
Jinbin Yuan, Gang Ren, Jian Liang, Chong-Zhi Wang, Zhihong Yan, Qun Huang, Jiankang Li, Yang Chen, Yi Tang, Xiaofei Liu, Chun-Su Yuan
BACKGROUND: Aristolochiae Fructus (AF) and honey-fried Aristolochiae Fructus (HAF) have been used in China for a long time as anti-tussive and expectorant drugs. Few clinical cases have been reported to be associated with the toxicity of AF and HAF, although relatively high amounts of aristolochic acids (AAs) have been found in them. Our previous experiments have verified from the chemical changes and from traditional toxicology that honey-processing can significantly reduce the toxicity of AF...
February 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187727/cryptotanshinone-enhances-the-effect-of-arsenic-trioxide-in-treating-liver-cancer-cell-by-inducing-apoptosis-through-downregulating-phosphorylated-stat3-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Li Shen, Guangshun Zhang, Zhaohuan Lou, Guanhua Xu, Guangji Zhang
BACKGROUND: Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is approved for treating terminal-stage liver cancer in China. Cryptotanshinone (CT), a STAT3 inhibitor, has exhibited certain anti-tumor potency; however, the use of CT enhanced ATO for treating liver cancer has not been reported. Here we try to elucidate how CT could enhance the efficacy of ATO for treating liver cancer and its correlation to STAT3 in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: Cell viability of ATO combined with CT was assessed by (1)MTT assay...
February 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187719/promotion-of-hepg2-cell-apoptosis-by-flower-of-allium-atroviolaceum-and-the-mechanism-of-action
#12
S Khazaei, R Abdul Hamid, N Mohd Esa, V Ramachandran, Ghomi Tabatabaee F Aalam, A Etemad, P Ismail
BACKGROUND: Liver cancer is a high incidence and fatal disease, the fifth most frequent cancer worldwide that is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage. The number of deaths from liver cancer has not declined even following various therapies. Plant secondary metabolites and their semi-synthetic derivatives play a principal role in anti-cancer drug therapy, since they are effective in the treatment of specific characteristics while also reducing side effects. Allium atroviolaceum, a plant of the genus Allium has been used in folk medicine to protect against several diseases...
February 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183311/evaluation-of-the-antidiarrheal-activity-of-the-leaf-extracts-of-myrtus-communis-linn-myrtaceae-in-mice-model
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Mekonnen Sisay, Ephrem Engidawork, Workineh Shibeshi
BACKGROUND: Myrtus communis L. has a folkloric repute for the management of diarrhea and dysentery in different parts of the world. However, the safety and efficacy of the leaf extract have not been scientifically validated in animal model. This study was, therefore, aimed to investigate the antidiarrheal effect of 80% methanol extract (80ME) and solvent fractions of the leaves of Myrtus communis L. in mice. METHODS: The antidiarrheal activity of the 80ME and solvent fractions was evaluated against castor oil induced diarrheal model, charcoal meal and enteropooling tests...
February 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178964/feasibility-study-of-transfer-function-model-on-electrocardiogram-change-caused-by-acupuncture
#14
Haebeom Lee, Hyunho Kim, Jungkuk Kim, Hwan-Sup Oh, Young-Jae Park, Young-Bae Park
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture treatments that regulate the heart are used to treat various clinical disorders and conditions. Although many studies have been conducted to measure quantitatively the effects of acupuncture, thus far, models that describe these effects have not been established. The purpose of this study was to derive a transfer function model of acupuncture stimulation within the electrocardiograms based on the periods before, during, and after acupuncture. METHODS: Fourteen healthy subjects were included in this clinical trial...
February 8, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178952/study-of-phytochemical-anti-microbial-anti-oxidant-and-anti-cancer-properties-of-allium-wallichii
#15
Jaya Bhandari, BushraTaj Muhammad, Pratiksha Thapa, Bhupal Govinda Shrestha
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in the use of plants for the treatment and prevention of cancer. Medicinal plants are currently being evaluated as source of promising anticancer agents. In this paper, we have investigated the anticancer potential of plant Allium wallichii, a plant native to Nepal and growing at elevations of 2300-4800 m. This is the first study of its kind for the plant mentioned. METHODS: The dried plant was extracted in aqueous ethanol. Phytochemical screening, anti-microbial assay, anti-oxidant assay, cytotoxicity assay and the flow-cytometric analysis were done for analyzing different phytochemicals present, anti-microbial activity, anti-oxidant activity and anti-cancer properties of Allium wallichii...
February 8, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173854/anti-influenza-virus-activity-of-extracts-from-the-stems-of-jatropha-multifida-linn-collected-in-myanmar
#16
Masaki Shoji, So-Yeun Woo, Aki Masuda, Nwet Nwet Win, Hla Ngwe, Etsuhisa Takahashi, Hiroshi Kido, Hiroyuki Morita, Takuya Ito, Takashi Kuzuhara
BACKGROUND: To contribute to the development of novel anti-influenza drugs, we investigated the anti-influenza activity of crude extracts from 118 medicinal plants collected in Myanmar. We discovered that extract from the stems of Jatropha multifida Linn. showed anti-influenza activity. J. multifida has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various diseases, and the stem has been reported to possess antimicrobial, antimalarial, and antitumor activities. However, the anti-influenza activity of this extract has not yet been investigated...
February 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173798/spasmogenic-and-spasmolytic-activity-of-rind-of-punica-granatum-linn
#17
Niaz Ali, Ayesha Jamil, Syed Wadood Ali Shah, Ismail Shah, Ghayour Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Rind of Punica granatum is traditionally used in treatment of abdominal cramps and various GIT disorders. So far spasmolytic activity of rind of Punica granatum has been reported using in vitro model. However, its mode of action is not explored yet. Therefore, the current work describes the possible mode of action for spasmolytic activity of methanolic extract of rind of Punica granatum (Pg. Cr). Acute toxicity study is also performed to determine its safe dose range. METHODS: Rind of Punica granatum was subjected to shade drying...
February 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173794/antibacterial-and-antioxidant-properties-of-crude-extract-fractions-and-compounds-from-the-stem-bark-of-polyscias-fulva-hiern-araliaceae
#18
Guy Sedar Singor Njateng, Zhizhi Du, Donatien Gatsing, Raymond Simplice Mouokeu, Yaping Liu, Hong-Xia Zang, Jianlong Gu, Xiaodong Luo, Jules-Roger Kuiate
BACKGROUND: In our previous work, the dichloromethane-methanol (1:1 v/v) extract, fractions and isolated compounds from Polyscias fulva stem bark showed interesting antifungal activity. As a continuity of that work, this study aimed to bring out complementary informations about the antimicrobial properties of P. fulva stem bark that may be useful in the standardization of phytomedicine from this plant. METHODS: The antibacterial activities of the crude extract, fractions (n-hexane, ethyl acetate, n-butanol and residual) and isolated compounds from Polyscias fulva stem bark were assayed by broth microdilution techniques...
February 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173792/microscopic-identification-and-in-vitro-activity-of-agastache-rugosa-fisch-et-mey-from-xinjiang-china
#19
Haiyan Gong, Shaoyu Li, Lijuan He, Rena Kasimu
BACKGROUND: Agastache rugosa is well-known as a common traditional Chinese medicine, which have relieving summer-heat, analgesic and antipyretic effects, have long been used as folkloristic remedy in the treatment of several infectious diseases, anti-inflammatory, and for its antibacterial properties. Considering the lack of available data on the morphology, anatomy and in vitro activity of A. rugosa, the goal of the present study was to carry out the microscopic identification of its aerial parts and in vitro activity research as a contribution to the quality control and reasonable utilization involving A...
February 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173791/effects-of-angelicae-dahuricae-radix-on-2-4-dinitrochlorobenzene-induced-atopic-dermatitis-like-skin-lesions-in-mice-model
#20
Jin Mo Ku, Se Hyang Hong, Hyo In Kim, Hye Sook Seo, Yong Cheol Shin, Seong-Gyu Ko
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an inflammatory, chronically relapsing, and intensively pruritic skin disease that affect 10-30% of the global population. Angelicae dahuricae Radix (ADR) has been reported to be anti-inflammatory in Korean Medicine. In the present study, we investigated whether ADR suppresses the progression of AD in animal model. METHODS: AD was induced by 2, 4-Dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB). ADR was orally administered to mice to study the effect of ADR on AD...
February 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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