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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642801/differences-in-the-tongue-features-of-primary-dysmenorrhea-patients-and-controls-over-a-normal-menstrual-cycle
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Jihye Kim, Haebeom Lee, Hyunho Kim, Jong Yeol Kim, Keun Ho Kim
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to investigate the relationships between tongue features and the existence of menstrual pain and to provide basic information regarding the changes in tongue features during a menstrual cycle. METHODS: This study was conducted at the Kyung Hee University Medical Center. Forty-eight eligible participants aged 20 to 29 years were enrolled and assigned to two groups according to their visual analogue scale (VAS) scores. Group A included 24 females suffering from primary dysmenorrhea (PD) caused by qi stagnation and blood stasis syndrome with VAS ≥ 4...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642800/the-current-status-of-quality-of-reporting-in-acupuncture-treatment-case-reports-an-analysis-of-the-core-journal-in-korea
#2
Jeongjoo Kim, Yoon-Ji Eom, Ye-Seul Lee, Dongwoo Nam, Younbyoung Chae
OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to evaluate the overall quality of case reports concerning acupuncture treatment in Korea. METHODS: We selected a representative Korean journal and retrieved eligible case reports on acupuncture treatment published from 2009 to 2015. We assessed the quality of reporting based on CAse REport (CARE) and STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA) guideline checklists. RESULTS: A total of 93 eligible case reports of acupuncture treatment were identified among the 107 articles screened...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642799/extraoral-taste-receptor-discovery-new-light-on-ayurvedic-pharmacology
#3
REVIEW
Marilena Gilca, Dorin Dragos
More and more research studies are revealing unexpectedly important roles of taste for health and pathogenesis of various diseases. Only recently it has been shown that taste receptors have many extraoral locations (e.g., stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, respiratory system, heart, brain, kidney, urinary bladder, pancreas, adipose tissue, testis, and ovary), being part of a large diffuse chemosensory system. The functional implications of these taste receptors widely dispersed in various organs or tissues shed a new light on several concepts used in ayurvedic pharmacology (dravyaguna vijnana), such as taste (rasa), postdigestive effect (vipaka), qualities (guna), and energetic nature (virya)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642798/clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-total-glucosides-of-paeony-for-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-systematic-review
#4
REVIEW
Liang Jin, Chengyin Li, Yanping Li, Bin Wu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of total glucosides of paeony (TGP) for primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS: Eight electronic databases were searched from their inception to July 2016. Clinical randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were included. The study quality was evaluated according to the standard suggested in the Cochrane Handbook. RevMan 5.1 was used for statistical analysis. RESULTS: Seven RCTs involving 443 patients were included...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638433/shenqiwan-ameliorates-renal-fibrosis-in-rats-by-inhibiting-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smads-signaling-pathway
#5
Hongshu Chen, Yiqing Xu, Yuanxiao Yang, Xiaojie Zhou, Shijie Dai, Changyu Li
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) refers to the transition of epithelial cells into mesenchymal cells. Emerging evidence suggests that EMT is a key point in renal interstitial fibrosis (RIF). Traditional Chinese Medicine Shenqiwan (SQW) is widely used in clinical treatment of chronic kidney disease, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of SQW on renal fibrosis and its association with TGF-β1/Smads signaling pathway. A rat model of adenine (150 mg/kg) was established and intragastrically treated with various concentrations of SQW at dose of 1...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638432/mechanical-stimulation-of-the-ht7-acupuncture-point-to-reduce-ethanol-self-administration-in-rats
#6
Suk-Yun Kang, O Sang Kwon, Ji-Young Moon, Seong Jin Cho, Kwang-Ho Choi, Junbeom Kim, Seong-Hun Ahn, Yeonhee Ryu
BACKGROUND: Alcoholism, which is a disabling addiction disorder, is a major public health problem worldwide. The present study was designed to determine whether the application of acupuncture at the Shenmen (HT7) point suppresses voluntary alcohol consumption in addicted rats and whether this suppressive effect is potentiated by the administration of naltrexone. METHODS: Rats were initially trained to self-administer a sucrose solution by operating a lever. A mechanical acupuncture instrument (MAI) for objective mechanical stimulation was used on rats whose baseline response had been determined...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638431/erzhi-pill%C3%A2-repairs-experimental-liver-injury-via-tsc-mtor-signaling-pathway-inhibiting-excessive-apoptosis
#7
Bu-Gao Zhou, Hai-Mei Zhao, Xiu-Yun Lu, Xin Wang, Yong Zou, Rong Xu, Hai-Yang Yue, Yi Liu, Zheng-Yun Zuo, Duan-Yong Liu
The present study aimed to investigate the mechanism of hepatoprotective effect of Erzhi Pill (EZP) on the liver injury via observing TSC/mTOR signaling pathway activation. The experimental liver injury was induced by 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF) treatment combined with partial hepatectomy (PH). EZP treated 2-AAF/PH-induced liver injury by the therapeutic and prophylactic administration. After the administration of EZP, the activities of aspartic transaminase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (AKP), and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (γ-GT) were decreased, followed by the decreased levels of hepatocyte apoptosis and caspase-3 expression...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630636/targeting-tumor-microenvironment-effects-of-chinese-herbal-formulae-on-macrophage-mediated-lung-cancer-in-mice
#8
Fei Xu, Wenqiang Cui, Zhengxiao Zhao, Weiyi Gong, Ying Wei, Jiaqi Liu, Mihui Li, Qiuping Li, Chen Yan, Jian Qiu, Baojun Liu, Jingcheng Dong
Our previous studies have shown that Qing-Re-Huo-Xue (QRHX) formulae had significant anti-inflammatory effects in chronic airway diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease. Here, we examined the effects of QRHX on lung cancer cell invasion and the potential associated mechanism(s), mainly polarization of macrophages in the tumor microenvironment. In vivo, QRHX both inhibited tumor growth and decreased the number of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in mice with lung cancer. Further study indicated that QRHX inhibited cancer-related inflammation in tumor by decreasing infiltration of TAMs and IL-6 and TNF-α production and meanwhile decreased arginase 1 (Arg-1) expression and increased inducible NO synthase (iNOS) expression...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630635/effect-of-abnormal-savda-munziq-a-traditional-uighur-herbal-medicine-on-pulmonary-function-and-aquaporins-of-copd-rat-model-with-abnormal-savda-syndrome
#9
Gao Zhen, Halmurat Upur, Wang Jing, Jing Jing, Li Zheng, Xu Dan, Li Fengsen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of abnormal savda munziq (ASM) on the pulmonary function and expression of lung-specific aquaporins in the rat model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with abnormal savda syndrome (ASSCOPD). METHODS: Eighty male rats were randomized into ASSCOPD, COPD, and control groups. ASSCOPD was further categorized into ASM and non-ASM groups. COPD model was established by combining fumigation with airway instillation of elastase; ASSCOPD model was developed based on COPD by induction with dry cold diet, cold dry environment, and plantar electric stimulation...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630634/moxibustion-alleviates-injury-in-a-rat-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-model
#10
Yi Li, Yuxia Sun, Chunling Zhang, Ke Wang, Peicheng Shen, Di Huang, Wen Ma, Jin Zhang, Lin Li, Liqun He
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of moxibustion at Shenshu (BL-23) and Geshu (BL-17) acupoints in a focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) model in rats. METHODS: A FSGS rat model was established by single nephrectomy and repeated injection of doxorubicin. The FSGS rats were randomly divided into the model group, losartan (positive control) group, Shenshu moxibustion group, and Geshu moxibustion group. Molecular indicators of kidney function and renal pathological changes were monitored...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630633/djc-suppresses-advanced-glycation-end-products-induced-jak-stat-signaling-and-ros-in-mesangial-cells
#11
Min Sun, Yan Li, Wenjie Bu, Jindong Zhao, Jianliang Zhu, Lingling Gu, Pingping Zhang, Zhaohui Fang
The antidiabetic properties and anti-inflammatory effects of Danzhi Jiangtang Capsules (DJC) have been demonstrated in clinical and laboratory experiments. In this study, we explored whether DJC can ameliorate advanced glycation end products- (AGEs-) mediated cell injury and the precise mechanisms of DJC in treating diabetic nephropathy (DN). Western blot analysis was employed to assess the expressions of iNOS, COX2, and SOCS and the phosphorylation of JAK2, STAT1, and STAT3 in glomerular mesangial cells (GMCs) after treatment with DJC...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630632/erchen-decoction-and-linguizhugan-decoction-ameliorate-hepatic-insulin-resistance-by-inhibiting-irs-1ser307-phosphorylation-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#12
Huicun Zhang, Na Ta, Pengmin Chen, Hongbing Wang
Erchen decoction (ECD) and Linguizhugan decoction (LGZGD), both are Chinese herbal formula, have been used clinically for the treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). However, their therapeutic mechanisms are still unclear. Because insulin resistance (IR) is a key etiological factor in the pathology of high-fat diet- (HFD-) induced NAFLD, in this study, the protective effects of ECD and LGZGD on HFD-induced insulin resistance in rats were evaluated and their mechanisms were investigated by OGTT and Western blot...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626488/hepatotoxicity-in-rats-induced-by-aqueous-extract-of-polygoni-multiflori-radix-root-of-polygonum-multiflorum-related-to-the-activity-inhibition-of-cyp1a2-or-cyp2e1
#13
Deng-Ke Li, Jing Chen, Zhen-Zhen Ge, Zhen-Xiao Sun
The objective of this study is to investigate the relationship between the hepatotoxicity induced by Polygoni Multiflori Radix (PMR, root of Polygonum multiflorum Thunb., He Shou Wu) and the activity of CYP1A2 or CYP2E1 in the rat liver. Levels of rat serum transaminases ALT and AST were not altered but the activity of CYP1A2 or CYP2E1 in the rat liver was significantly inhibited after oral administration of aqueous extract of PMR under the experimental dosage. However, levels of ALT and AST were significantly increased and the activity of CYP1A2 or CYP2E1 was significantly decreased after injection of specific inhibitor for CYP1A2 or CYP2E1 combined with oral administration of aqueous extract of PMR, especially under the repeated treatment over interval times...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626487/identification-of-the-chemical-constituents-in-simiao-wan-and-rat-plasma-after-oral-administration-by-gc-ms-and-lc-ms
#14
Yunshuang Fan, Yamei Li, Yuanyuan Wu, Lixin Li, Yuming Wang, Yubo Li
Simiao Wan (SMW), an important multiherbal formula used in traditional Chinese medicine, is extensively used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. However, the knowledge of the bioactive components of SMW remains unclear. Thus, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) were used to analyze the chemical constituents of volatile and nonvolatile extracts of SMW, as well as its absorbed components in rat plasma after oral SMW administration. Identification of several compounds was enabled by comparison of retention times, MS spectra, and MS/MS spectral data with the standard substance and reference materials reported in the literature...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626486/solanum-paranense-extracts-and-solanine-present-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-an-acute-skin-inflammation-model-in-mice
#15
Mariana Piana, Camila Camponogara, Aline Augusti Boligon, Sara Marchesan Oliveira
The aim of the study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of the S. paranense crude extract, S. paranense alkaloid fraction, and solanine alkaloid. These samples reduce the croton oil-induced ear edema in a dose-dependent manner and a maximum inhibition of 81%, 98%, and 80% in the doses of 1.0, 0.73, and 0.37 mg/ear, respectively. Moreover, the samples inhibit the MPO activity with an inhibition maximum of 51%, 40%, and 46% in the doses of 1.0, 0.73, and 0.37 mg/ear, respectively. Similar results were found for dexamethasone 0...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626485/isolation-and-characterization-of-isofraxidin-7-o-6-o-p-coumaroyl-%C3%AE-glucopyranoside-from-artemisia-capillaris-thunberg-a-novel-nontoxic-hyperpigmentation-agent-that-is-effective-in-vivo
#16
Soon-Ho Yim, Nadia Tabassum, Woong-Hee Kim, Haaglim Cho, Ji-Hyung Lee, Galzad J Batkhuu, Hyun Jung Kim, Won Keun Oh, Da-Woon Jung, Darren R Williams
Abnormalities in skin pigmentation can produce disorders such as albinism or melasma. There is a research need to discover novel compounds that safely and effectively regulate pigmentation. To identify novel modulators of pigmentation, we attempted to purify compounds from a bioactive fraction of the Korean medicinal plant Artemisia capillaris Thunberg. The novel compound isofraxidin 7-O-(6'-O-p-coumaroyl)-β-glucopyranoside (compound 1) was isolated and its pigmentation activity was characterized in mammalian melanocytes...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620420/pharmacokinetic-comparison-of-20-r-and-20-s-ginsenoside-rh1-and-20-r-and-20-s-ginsenoside-rg3-in-rat-plasma-following-oral-administration-of-radix-ginseng-rubra-and-sheng-mai-san-extracts
#17
Xiaomei Fan, Yan Xu, Danni Zhu, Yibing Ji
Ginsenosides Rh1 and Rg3, as the main bioactive components from Ginseng, are effective for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Sheng-Mai-San (SMS), a classical complex prescription of traditional Chinese medicines, is composed of Radix Ginseng Rubra, Fructus Schisandrae, and Radix Ophiopogonis. In this research, a sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-mass spectrometric method was developed and validated for stereoselective determination and pharmacokinetic studies of 20(R)- and 20(S)-ginsenoside Rh1 and 20(R)- and 20(S)-ginsenoside Rg3 epimers in rat plasma after oral administration of Radix Ginseng Rubra or SMS extracts...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620419/periplaneta-americana-extracts-promote-skin-wound-healing-via-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-canonical-pathway-and-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-signaling
#18
Qin Song, Qiheng Gou, Yuxin Xie, Zhen Zhang, Chaomei Fu
Periplaneta americana extracts (PAEs) exhibit wound healing properties. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. Here, we treated human skin fibroblasts (HSF) with PAE and the proliferation was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The wound healing and transwell migration assays were used to detect cell migration. Nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathways were analyzed by Western blot (WB)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620418/the-changes-in-rats-with-sciatic-nerve-crush-injury-supplemented-with-evening-primrose-oil-behavioural-morphologic-and-morphometric-analysis
#19
Danial Ramli, Izzuddin Aziz, Masro Mohamad, Dauda Abdulahi, Junedah Sanusi
Nerve crush injuries are commonly used models for axonotmesis to examine peripheral nerve regeneration. As evening primrose oil (EPO) is rich in omega-6 essential fatty acid component and gamma-linolenic acid, studies have shown the potential role of EPO in myelination. Seventy-two healthy adult Sprague-Dawley rats were classified into three groups: normal group, control group, and experimental group. The result indicates that there was significant difference in toe-spreading reflex between the normal and the control groups (1...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620417/molecular-targets-and-associated-potential-pathways-of-danlu-capsules-in-hyperplasia-of-mammary-glands-based-on-systems-pharmacology
#20
Jihan Huang, Haitao Tang, Sumin Cao, Yingchun He, Yibin Feng, Kun Wang, Qingshan Zheng
Hyperplasia of mammary glands (HMG) is common in middle-aged women. Danlu capsules (DLCs) can effectively relieve pain and improve clinical symptoms and are safe for treating HMG. However, the active substances in DLCs and the molecular mechanisms of DLCs in HMG remain unclear. This study identified the bioactive compounds and delineated the molecular targets and potential pathways of DLCs by using a systems pharmacology approach. The candidate compounds were retrieved from the traditional Chinese medicine systems pharmacology (TCMSP) database and analysis platform...
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