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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343256/the-effects-of-green-cardamom-supplementation-on-blood-glucose-lipids-profile-oxidative-stress-sirtuin-1-and-irisin-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mohadeseh Aghasi, Shohreh Ghazi-Zahedi, Fariba Koohdani, Fereydoun Siassi, Ensieh Nasli-Esfahani, Ali Keshavarz, Mostafa Qorbani, Hoorieh Khoshamal, Asma Salari-Moghaddam, Gity Sotoudeh
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and hypolipidemic activities of cardamom may improve diabetes. However, the effect of this spice has not been investigated in diabetic subjects. This study was planned to determine the effects of green cardamom on blood glucose, lipids and oxidative stress status in type 2 diabetic patients. METHODS/DESIGN: Eighty overweight or obese patients with type 2 diabetes will be selected. They will be randomly assigned to receive 3 g/d green cardamom or placebo for 10 weeks...
January 17, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338725/herbal-formula-ygjdsj-inhibits-anchorage-independent-growth-and-induces-anoikis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-bel-7402-cells
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Bing Hu, Tong Zhang, Hong-Mei An, Jia-Lu Zheng, Xia Yan, Xiao-Wei Huang
BACKGROUND: Based on clinical medications and related studies, we established a Yang-Gan Jie-Du Sang-Jie (YGJDSJ) herbal formula for hepatocarcinoma treatment. In present study, we evaluated the anti-cancer potential of YGJDSJ on suspension-grown human hepatocellular carcinoma Bel-7402 cells. METHODS: Bel-7402 cells were cultured in poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (poly-HEMA) coated plates and treated with YGJDSJ. Anchorage-independent cell growth was detected by cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) assay and soft agar colony formation assay...
January 16, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338724/development-and-validation-of-hptlc-fingerprints-of-three-species-of-alpinia-with-biomarker-galangin
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Anuradha S Upadhye, Anagha Rajopadhye, Lourelle Dias
BACKGROUND: Alpinia galanga (L.) Willd. commonly called as Rasna, Greater galangal or Kulinjan is a medicinally important rhizome used in Indian traditional system of medicine to cure a number of ailments. A. galanga is the main source of a galangin -a medicinally important flavanol which has a number of pharmacological properties viz. anti-mutagenic, and anti-inflammatory. Due to the high demand for the rhizome of A. galanga traders are now substituting it with rhizomes of A. calcarata and A...
January 16, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334964/ginkgo-biloba-induced-mood-dysregulation-a-case-report
#4
Seung Sun Rho, Young Sup Woo, Won-Myong Bahk
BACKGROUND: Impairment of cognitive function as well as negative symptom is the major factor causing the decline of a patient's functioning in chronic stages of schizophrenia. However, until now, there were no definite treatment options that could effectively reduce the impairment. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of mood dysregulation associated with use of Ginkgo biloba in a patient with schizophrenia. After Ginkgo biloba was given, the patient experienced cluster symptoms of mood dysregulation including irritability, difficulty in controlling anger, agitation and restlessness...
January 15, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334931/in-vitro-antibacterial-and-antibiotic-modifying-activity-of-crude-extract-fractions-and-3-4-7-trihydroxyflavone-from-myristica-fragrans-houtt-against-mdr-gram-negative-enteric-bacteria
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Joachim K Dzotam, Ingrid Konga Simo, Gabin Bitchagno, Ilhami Celik, Louis P Sandjo, Pierre Tane, Victor Kuete
BACKGROUND: Nutmeg is the seed kernel inside the fruit of Myristica fragrans Houtt. (Myristicaceae). It possesses various pharmacological activities but is used in Cameroon only for its flavor in making cakes. The present study thus aimed to investigate the in vitro antibacterial activity and antibiotic modifying activities of crude seed kernel methanol extract (MFS), fractions (MFSa-e) as well as 3',4',7-trihydroxyflavone from Myristica fragrans against a panel of multi-drug resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria...
January 15, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334926/-r-%C3%AE-lipoic-acid-inhibits-fructose-induced-myoglobin-fructation-and-the-formation-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-ages-in-vitro
#6
Hardik Ghelani, Valentina Razmovski-Naumovski, Rajeswara Rao Pragada, Srinivas Nammi
BACKGROUND: Fructose-mediated protein glycation (fructation) has been linked to an increase in diabetic and cardiovascular complications due to over consumption of high-fructose containing diets in recent times. The objective of the present study is to evaluate the protective effect of (R)-α-lipoic acid (ALA) against fructose-induced myoglobin fructation and the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in vitro. METHODS: The anti-glycation activity of ALA was determined using the formation of AGEs fluorescence intensity, iron released from the heme moiety of myoglobin and the level of fructosamine...
January 15, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329564/phytochemical-analysis-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-potential-of-feretia-apodanthera-root-bark-extracts
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Oluwayinka Olufunmilayo Owolabi, Dorcas Bolanle James, Ibrahim Sani, Binda T Andongma, Opeoluwa O Fasanya, Barnabas Kure
BACKGROUND: Inflammation has been implicated in many disorders, including cancer and available therapies elicit adverse effects. Plants of the family Rubiaceae have shown potency against inflammation. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant potential of Feretia apodanthera was investigated in this study to evaluate its effectiveness. METHODS: The phytochemical, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential of root bark (n-Hexane, diethyl ether, ethanol and aqueous) extracts of Feretia apodanthera was investigated in this study...
January 12, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321023/which-risk-understandings-can-be-derived-from-the-current-disharmonized-regulation-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-europe
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Solveig Wiesener, Anita Salamonsen, Vinjar Fønnebø
BACKGROUND: Many European citizens are seeking complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These treatments are regulated very differently in the EU/EFTA countries. This may demonstrate differences in how risk associated with the use of CAM is perceived. Since most CAM treatments are practiced fairly similarly across Europe, differing risk understandings may influence patient safety for European CAM users. The overall aim of this article is thus to contribute to an overview and awareness of possible differing risk understandings in the field of CAM at a policymaking/structural level in Europe...
January 10, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321009/dual-action-of-highbush-blueberry-proanthocyanidins-on-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-and-the-host-inflammatory-response
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Amel Ben Lagha, Geneviève LeBel, Daniel Grenier
BACKGROUND: The highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) has a beneficial effect on several aspects of human health. The present study investigated the effects of highbush blueberry proanthocyanidins (PACs) on the virulence properties of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and macrophage-associated inflammatory responses. METHODS: PACs were isolated from frozen highbush blueberries using solid-phase chromatography. A microplate dilution assay was performed to determine the effect of highbush blueberry PACs on A...
January 10, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316911/the-standardized-withania-somnifera-dunal-root-extract-alters-basal-and-morphine-induced-opioid-receptor-gene-expression-changes-in-neuroblastoma-cells
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Francesca Felicia Caputi, Elio Acquas, Sanjay Kasture, Stefania Ruiu, Sanzio Candeletti, Patrizia Romualdi
BACKGROUND: Behavioral studies demonstrated that the administration of Withania somnifera Dunal roots extract (WSE), prolongs morphine-elicited analgesia and reduces the development of tolerance to the morphine's analgesic effect; however, little is known about the underpinning molecular mechanism(s). In order to shed light on this issue in the present paper we explored whether WSE promotes alterations of μ (MOP) and nociceptin (NOP) opioid receptors gene expression in neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells...
January 10, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316909/the-health-impact-of-residential-retreats-a-systematic-review
#11
Dhevaksha Naidoo, Adrian Schembri, Marc Cohen
BACKGROUND: Unhealthy lifestyles are a major factor in the development and exacerbation of many chronic diseases. Improving lifestyles though immersive residential experiences that promote healthy behaviours is a focus of the health retreat industry. This systematic review aims to identify and explore published studies on the health, wellbeing and economic impact of retreat experiences. METHODS: MEDLINE, CINAHL and PsychINFO databases were searched for residential retreat studies in English published prior to February 2017...
January 10, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316908/efficacy-and-safety-of-curcumin-and-its-combination-with-boswellic-acid-in-osteoarthritis-a-comparative-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Armine Haroyan, Vahan Mukuchyan, Nana Mkrtchyan, Naira Minasyan, Srbuhi Gasparyan, Aida Sargsyan, Mikael Narimanyan, Areg Hovhannisyan
BACKGROUND: The aim of this clinical trial was to assess the efficacy and safety of curcuminoid complex extract from turmeric rhizome with turmeric volatile oil (CuraMed®) and its combination with boswellic acid extract from Indian frankincense root (Curamin®) vs placebo for the treatment of 40- to 70-year-old patients with osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: The effects of CuraMed® 500-mg capsules (333 mg curcuminoids) and Curamin® 500-mg capsules (350 mg curcuminoids and 150 mg boswellic acid) taken orally three times a day for 12 weeks in 201 patients was investigated in a three-arm, parallel-group, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial...
January 9, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310671/antituberculosis-activity-phytochemical-identification-of-costus-speciosus-j-koenig-sm-cymbopogon-citratus-dc-ex-nees-stapf-and-tabernaemontana-coronaria-l-willd-and-their-effects-on-the-growth-kinetics-and-cellular-integrity-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-h37rv
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Suriyati Mohamad, Nur Najihah Ismail, Thaigarajan Parumasivam, Pazilah Ibrahim, Hasnah Osman, Habibah A Wahab
BACKGROUND: Costus speciosus, Cymbopogon citratus, and Tabernaemontana coronaria are herbal plants traditionally used as remedies for symptoms of tuberculosis (TB) including cough. The aims of the present study were to evaluate the in vitro anti-TB activity of different solvent partitions of these plants, to identify the phytochemical compounds, and to assess the effects of the most active partitions on the growth kinetics and cellular integrity of the tubercle organism. METHODS: The in vitro anti-TB activity of different solvent partitions of the plant materials was determined against M...
January 8, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310643/galega-officinalis-extract-regulate-the-diabetes-mellitus-related-violations-of-proliferation-functions-and-apoptosis-of-leukocytes
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Mariia Nagalievska, Mariya Sabadashka, Halyna Hachkova, Nataliia Sybirna
BACKGROUND: An impaired leukocytes function is the factor causing the susceptibility of patients with diabetes mellitus to infections. The outmost importance for the understanding of the immunological processes involved in diabetes pathogenesis is to give the characteritics of the immunological profile and changes therein, during the course of desease. Long-used in folk medicine to treat diabetes Galega officinalis L. has been chosen for the correction of the immune system dysfunction...
January 8, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310631/acute-effect-of-clitoria-ternatea-flower-beverage-on-glycemic-response-and-antioxidant-capacity-in-healthy-subjects-a-randomized-crossover-trial
#15
Charoonsri Chusak, Thavaree Thilavech, Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, Sirichai Adisakwattana
BACKGROUND: Clitoria ternatea L., a natural food-colorant containing anthocyanin, demonstrated antioxidant and antihyperglycemic activity. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of Clitoria ternatea flower extract (CTE) on postprandial plasma glycemia response and antioxidant status in healthy men. METHODS: In a randomized, crossover study, 15 healthy men (ages 22.53 ± 0.30 years; with body mass index of 21.57 ± 0.54 kg/m2) consumed five beverages: (1) 50 g sucrose in 400 mL water; (2) 1 g CTE in 400 mL of water; (3) 2 g CTE in 400 mL of water; (4) 50 g sucrose and 1 g CTE in 400 mL of water; and (5) 50 g sucrose and 2 g CTE in 400 mL of water...
January 8, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301523/genoprotective-antioxidant-antifungal-and-anti-inflammatory-evaluation-of-hydroalcoholic-extract-of-wild-growing-juniperus-communis-l-cupressaceae-native-to-romanian-southern-sub-carpathian-hills
#16
Irina Fierascu, Camelia Ungureanu, Sorin Marius Avramescu, Carmen Cimpeanu, Mihaela Ioana Georgescu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Alina Ortan, Anca Nicoleta Sutan, Valentina Anuta, Anca Zanfirescu, Cristina Elena Dinu-Pirvu, Bruno Stefan Velescu
BACKGROUND: Juniperus communis L. represents a multi-purpose crop used in the pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic industry. Several studies present the possible medicinal properties of different Juniperus taxa native to specific geographical area. The present study aims to evaluate the genoprotective, antioxidant, antifungal and anti-inflammatory potential of hydroalcoholic extract of wild-growing Juniperus communis L. (Cupressaceae) native to Romanian southern sub-Carpathian hills. METHODS: The prepared hydroethanolic extract of Juniperus communis L...
January 4, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298707/shuang-huang-lian-prevents-basophilic-granulocyte-activation-to-suppress-th2-immunity
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Qiaoling Fei, Yixin Han, Ruijuan Qi, Yuan Gao, Lei Fang, Rui Hou, Runlan Cai, Yun Qi
BACKGROUND: Basophilic granulocytes (BGs) not only initiate the induction of Th2 cell differentiation, but also amplify the ongoing Th2 response. Shuang-Huang-Lian (SHL) is clinically used for relieving type I hypersensitivity by continuous treatment for several weeks. METHODS: ELISA, flow cytometry, magnetic activated cell sorting, isoelectric precipitation, hybridoma technique, transfection and luciferase reporter assay were used in this study. The statistical analysis was performed using a one-way ANOVA...
January 3, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295712/hplc-dad-finger-printing-antioxidant-cholinesterase-and-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitory-potentials-of-a-novel-plant-olax-nana
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Muhammad Ovais, Muhammad Ayaz, Ali Talha Khalil, Sayed Afzal Shah, Muhammad Saeed Jan, Abida Raza, Muhammad Shahid, Zabta Khan Shinwari
BACKGROUND: The medicinal importance of a novel plant Olax nana Wall. ex Benth. (family: Olacaceae) was revealed for the first time via HPLC-DAD finger printing, qualitative phytochemical analysis, antioxidant, cholinesterase, and α-glucosidase inhibitory assays. METHODS: The crude methanolic extract of O. nana (ON-Cr) was subjected to qualitative phytochemical analysis and HPLC-DAD finger printing. The antioxidant potential of ON-Cr was assessed via 1,1-diphenyl,2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), 2,2-azinobis[3-ethylbenzthiazoline]-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) free radical scavenging assays...
January 3, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284481/danshen-extract-circumvents-drug-resistance-and-represses-cell-growth-in-human-oral-cancer-cells
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Cheng-Yu Yang, Cheng-Chih Hsieh, Chih-Kung Lin, Chun-Shu Lin, Bo Peng, Gu-Jiun Lin, Huey-Kang Sytwu, Wen-Liang Chang, Yuan-Wu Chen
BACKGROUND: Danshen is a common traditional Chinese medicine used to treat neoplastic and chronic inflammatory diseases in China. However, the effects of Danshen on human oral cancer cells remain relatively unknown. This study investigated the antiproliferative effects of a Danshen extract on human oral cancer SAS, SCC25, OEC-M1, and KB drug-resistant cell lines and elucidated the possible underlying mechanism. METHODS: We investigated the anticancer potential of the Danshen extract in human oral cancer cell lines and an in vivo oral cancer xenograft mouse model...
December 29, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284479/acacia-hydaspica-r-parker-prevents-doxorubicin-induced-cardiac-injury-by-attenuation-of-oxidative-stress-and-structural-cardiomyocyte-alterations-in-rats
#20
Tayyaba Afsar, Suhail Razak, Khalid Mujasam Batoo, Muhammad Rashid Khan
BACKGROUND: The use of doxorubicin (DOX) an anthracycline antineoplastic agent is withdrawn due to its cardio-toxic side effects. Oxidative stress has been recognized as the primary cause of DOX induced cardiotoxicity. We have investigated whether polyphenol rich ethyl acetate extract of Acacia hydaspica (AHE) can attenuate doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity via inhibition of oxidative stress. METHODS: AHE was administered orally to rats once daily for 6 weeks at doses of 200 and 400 mg/kg b...
December 29, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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