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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331524/the-effect-of-tong-xie-yao-fang-on-intestinal-mucosal-mast-cells-in-postinfectious-irritable-bowel-syndrome-rats
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Xiangxue Ma, Xiaoge Wang, Nan Kang, Ting Chen, Haijie Ji, Lin Lv, Xiaolan Yin, Yaxin Tian, Rui Zheng, Yuanzhi Duan, Fengyun Wang, Xudong Tang
Objective. To investigate the effects of Tong-Xie-Yao-Fang (TXYF) on intestinal mucosal mast cells in rats with postinfectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS). Design. PI-IBS rat models were established using a multistimulation paradigm. Then, rats were treated with TXYF intragastrically at doses of 2.5, 5.0, and 10.0 g·kg(-1)·d(-1) for 14 days, respectively. Intestinal sensitivity was assessed based on abdominal withdrawal reflex (AWR) scores and fecal water content (FWC). Mast cell counts and the immunofluorescence of tryptase and c-Fos in intestinal mucosa were measured; and serum IL-1β, TNF-α, and histamine levels were determined...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331523/helicteric-acid-oleanic-acid-and-betulinic-acid-three-triterpenes-from-helicteres-angustifolia-l-inhibit-proliferation-and-induce-apoptosis-in-ht-29-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-suppressing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-stat3-signaling
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Dan Su, Yu-Qiao Gao, Wei-Bo Dai, Ying Hu, Yan-Fen Wu, Quan-Xi Mei
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common malignancies and most frequent cause of cancer death worldwide. The activation of both NF-κB and STAT3 signaling and the crosstalk between them play an important role in colorectal tumor. Helicteres angustifolia L. is a type of commonly used Chinese medicinal herb and possesses a wide variety of biological activities. In the present study, we investigate the effects of three triterpenes from H. angustifolia (HT) such as helicteric acid (HA), oleanic acid (OA), and betulinic acid (BA), on inhibiting CRC progression...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326125/determination-of-the-wound-healing-potentials-of-medicinal-plants-historically-used-in-ghana
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Sara H Freiesleben, Jens Soelberg, Nils T Nyberg, Anna K Jäger
The present study was carried out to investigate the wound healing potentials of 17 medicinal plants historically used in Ghana for wound healing. Warm and cold water extracts were prepared from the 17 dried plant species and tested in vitro in the scratch assay with NIH 3T3 fibroblasts from mice. The wound healing scratch assay was used to evaluate the effect of the plants on cell proliferation and/or migration in vitro, as a test for potential wound healing properties. After 21 hours of incubation increased proliferation and/or migration of fibroblasts in the scratch assay was obtained for 5 out of the 17 plant species...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326124/adverse-effects-of-hydroalcoholic-extracts-and-the-major-components-in-the-stems-of-impatiens-balsamina-l-on-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Hong-Fang Jiang, Zi-Heng Zhuang, Bei-Wei Hou, Bao-Jun Shi, Cheng-Jie Shu, Lei Chen, Guo-Xin Shi, Wei-Ming Zhang
Impatiens balsamina L. (Balsaminaceae), an annual herb found throughout China, has been extensively used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). However, our knowledge regarding the adverse effects of I. balsamina in vivo is very limited. In this present study, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans model was employed to fully assess the adverse effects of hydroalcoholic (EtOH 55%) extracts of I. balsamina stems (HAEIBS) in vivo. After exposure to 10 mg/mL HAEIBS, the major organism-level endpoints of C. elegans of percent survival, frequency of head thrash and body bends, and reproduction had decreased by 24%, 30%, and 25%, respectively...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321262/allium-stipitatum-extract-exhibits-in-vivo-antibacterial-activity-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-accelerates-burn-wound-healing-in-a-full-thickness-murine-burn-model
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Arunkumar Karunanidhi, Ehsanollah Ghaznavi-Rad, Jayakayatri Jeevajothi Nathan, Yusuf Abba, Alex van Belkum, Vasanthakumari Neela
The in vivo antibacterial and burn wound healing potency of Persian shallot bulbs (Allium stipitatum) were explored in a mice burn model infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Hexane (ASHE) and dichloromethane (ASDE) extracts were tested. Female BALB/c mice were inflicted with third-degree thermal injury followed by infection with MRSA. ASHE and ASDE formulated with simple ointment base (SOB) at concentrations of 1%, 2%, and 5% (w/w) were topically applied to burn wounds twice a day for 20 days...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316636/the-siesta-trial-a-randomized-study-investigating-the-efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-acupressure-versus-sham-therapy-for-improving-sleep-quality-in-patients-with-end-stage-kidney-disease-on-hemodialysis
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Kunyu Shen, Yeoungjee Cho, Elaine M Pascoe, Carmel M Hawley, Veronica Oliver, Kathryn M Hughes, Richard Baer, Jeremy Frazier, Elizabeth Jarvis, Ken-Soon Tan, Xusheng Liu, Glenda Gobe, David W Johnson
Objectives. To compare the effectiveness of real acupressure versus sham acupressure therapy in improving sleep quality in patients receiving hemodialysis (HD) or hemodiafiltration (HDF). Methods. A multicenter, single-blind, randomized controlled trial was conducted in two Australian dialysis units located in Princess Alexandra Hospital and Logan Hospital, respectively. Forty-two subjects with self-reported poor sleep quality were randomly assigned to real (n = 21) or sham (n = 21) acupressure therapy delivered thrice weekly for four consecutive weeks during routine dialysis sessions...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316635/epigenetic-mechanisms-of-integrative-medicine
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REVIEW
Riya R Kanherkar, Susan E Stair, Naina Bhatia-Dey, Paul J Mills, Deepak Chopra, Antonei B Csoka
Since time immemorial humans have utilized natural products and therapies for their healing properties. Even now, in the age of genomics and on the cusp of regenerative medicine, the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches represents a popular branch of health care. Furthermore, there is a trend towards a unified medical philosophy referred to as Integrative Medicine (IM) that represents the convergence of CAM and conventional medicine. The IM model not only considers the holistic perspective of the physiological components of the individual, but also includes psychological and mind-body aspects...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316634/anti-inflammatory-activity-of-the-essential-oil-citral-in-experimental-infection-with-staphylococcus-aureus-in-a-model-air-pouch
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Hellen Braga Martins, Nathan das Neves Selis, Clarissa Leal Silva E Souza, Flávia S Nascimento, Suzi Pacheco de Carvalho, Lorena D'Oliveira Gusmão, Jannine Dos Santos Nascimento, Anne Karoline Pereira Brito, Samira Itana de Souza, Marcio Vasconcelos de Oliveira, Jorge Timenetsky, Regiane Yatsuda, Ana Paula T Uetanabaro, Lucas M Marques
This study proposes to implement an alternative and effective strategy for local treatment of disease provoked by S. aureus. For the analysis of possible anti-inflammatory activity of essential oil, after establishing an air pouch model, 48 male mice of Balb/c were treated, infected, and euthanized at 4 and 8 h. Thus, the total and differential white blood cells were counted in the animal's blood, and cytokines IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α were titrated using ELISA in the air pouch lavage. Moreover, TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6 gene expression was analyzed through an RT-qPCR array, and S...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316633/medicinal-plants-from-northeastern-brazil-against-alzheimer-s-disease
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Alexandre Batista Penido, Selene Maia De Morais, Alan Bezerra Ribeiro, Daniela Ribeiro Alves, Ana Livya Moreira Rodrigues, Leonardo Hunaldo Dos Santos, Jane Eire Silva Alencar de Menezes
Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been linked with oxidative stress, acetylcholine deficiency in the brain, and inflammatory processes. In the northeast region of Brazil, various plants are used to treat several diseases associated with these processes; then an antioxidant test was performed with those plants in a previous work and twelve species with higher antioxidant activity were selected for AChE inhibition evaluation. The phenolic compounds content was determined by Folin-Ciocalteu test and flavonoid content with AlCl3 reagent using UV-visible spectrophotometry...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303163/clinical-evidence-of-chinese-massage-therapy-tui-na-for-cervical-radiculopathy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Xu Wei, Shangquan Wang, Linghui Li, Liguo Zhu
Objective. The review is to assess the current evidence of Chinese massage therapy (Tui Na) for cervical radiculopathy. Methods. Seven databases were searched. Randomised controlled trials incorporating Tui Na alone or Tui Na combined with conventional treatment were enrolled. The authors in pairs independently assessed the risk of bias and extracted the data. Results. Five studies involving 448 patients were included. The pooled analysis from the 3 trials indicated that Tui Na alone showed a significant lowering immediate effects on pain score (SMD = -0...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303162/indigenous-uses-and-pharmacological-activity-of-traditional-medicinal-plants-in-mount-taibai-china
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Na Chang, Ziwen Luo, Dengwu Li, Huiying Song
This study was carried out to investigate the indigenous use and pharmacological activity of traditional medicinal plants of Mount Taibai, China. Pharmacological data were collected by conducting informal interviews with local experienced doctors practicing traditional Chinese medicine and via open-ended questionnaires on villagers. We conclude that the residents of Mt. Taibai possess rich pharmacological knowledge. This study may help identify high-value traditional medicinal plant species, promote economic development associated with local medicinal plants, and increase awareness from government departments...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303161/a-systematic-review-of-intervention-studies-examining-nutritional-and-herbal-therapies-for-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-using-neuroimaging-methods-study-characteristics-and-intervention-efficacy
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REVIEW
Genevieve Z Steiner, Danielle C Mathersul, Freya MacMillan, David A Camfield, Nerida L Klupp, Sai W Seto, Yong Huang, Mark I Hohenberg, Dennis H Chang
Neuroimaging facilitates the assessment of complementary medicines (CMs) by providing a noninvasive insight into their mechanisms of action in the human brain. This is important for identifying the potential treatment options for target disease cohorts with complex pathophysiologies. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate study characteristics, intervention efficacy, and the structural and functional neuroimaging methods used in research assessing nutritional and herbal medicines for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303160/cervical-rotatory-manipulation-decreases-uniaxial-tensile-properties-of-rabbit-atherosclerotic-internal-carotid-artery
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Shaoqun Zhang, Ji Qi, Lei Zhang, Chao Chen, Shubhro Mondal, Kaike Ping, Yili Chen, Yikai Li
Objective. To investigate the effects of one of the Chinese massage therapies, cervical rotatory manipulation (CRM), on uniaxial tensile properties of rabbit atherosclerotic internal carotid artery (ICA). Methods. 40 male purebred New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into CRM-Model group, Non-CRM-Model group, CRM-Normal group, and Non-CRM-Normal group. After modeling (atherosclerotic model) and intervention (CRM or Non-CRM), uniaxial tensile tests were performed on the ICAs to assess the differences in tensile mechanical properties between the four groups...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303159/antifungal-activity-of-the-ethanol-extract-from-flos-rosae-chinensis-with-activity-against-fluconazole-resistant-clinical-candida
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Lulu Zhang, Hui Lin, Wei Liu, Baodi Dai, Lan Yan, YongBing Cao, Yuan-Ying Jiang
This study was designed to investigate the antifungal activity of a hydroalcoholic extract from Flos Rosae Chinensis (FRC) combined with fluconazole (FCZ) against clinical isolates of Candida albicans resistant to FCZ. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of FRC was determined using a checkerboard microdilution assay. The synergistic effects of the combination of FRC and FCZ against clinical isolates of C. albicans resistant to FCZ were further confirmed by constructing time-growth curves and performing an agar diffusion test...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303158/antidiabetic-effect-of-fresh-nopal-opuntia-ficus-indica-in-low-dose-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Seung Hwan Hwang, Il-Jun Kang, Soon Sung Lim
The objective of the present study was to evaluate α-glucosidase inhibitory and antidiabetic effects of Nopal water extract (NPWE) and Nopal dry power (NADP) in low-dose streptozotocin- (STZ-) induced diabetic rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). The type 2 diabetic rat model was induced by HFD and low-dose STZ. The rats were divided into four groups as follows: (1) nondiabetic rats fed a regular diet (RD-Control); (2) low-dose STZ-induced diabetic rats fed HFD (HF-STZ-Control); (3) low-dose STZ-induced diabetic rats fed HFD and supplemented with NPWE (100 mg/kg body weight, HF-STZ-NPWE); and (4) low-dose STZ-induced diabetic rats fed HFD and supplemented with comparison medication (rosiglitazone, 10 mg/kg, body weight, HF-STZ-Rosiglitazone)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303157/tangshen-formula-attenuates-colonic-structure-remodeling-in-type-2-diabetic-rats
#16
Pengmin Chen, Jingbo Zhao, Haojun Zhang, Xin Yang, Tingting Zhao, Huicun Zhang, Meihua Yan, Lin Pan, Xin Li, Yun Zhang, Ping Li
Aim. This study investigated the effect and mechanism of the Chinese herbal medicine Tangshen Formula (TSF) on GI structure remodeling in the rat model of diabetes. Methods. Type 2 diabetic rats were used. Wet weight per unit length, layer thicknesses, levels of collagens I and III, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), interferon-γ (IFN-γ), interleukin-6 (IL-6), transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), and Smad2/3 expression in the rat colon were measured. Results. Compared with the control group animals, wet weight and layer thicknesses of the colon increased, and expressions of collagens I and III, NF-κB, IFN-γ, IL-6, TGF-β1, and Smad2/3 increased significantly in the diabetic animals...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303156/acu-tens-reduces-breathlessness-during-exercise-in-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Shirley P C Ngai, Lissa M Spencer, Alice Y M Jones, Jennifer A Alison
Background. Exertional dyspnoea limits level of physical activity in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This randomized, double-blinded, crossover study evaluated the effect of Acu-TENS, application of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on acupoints, on breathlessness during exercise in people with COPD. Methods. Twenty-one participants, mean% predicted FEV1  50 ± 21%, attended assessment followed by two intervention days, one week apart. On each intervention day, participants performed two endurance shuttle walk tests (ESWT) (Walk 1 and Walk 2)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303155/adulteration-and-contamination-of-commercial-sap-of-hymenaea-species
#18
Katyuce de Souza Farias, Sarah Alves Auharek, Andréa Luiza Cunha-Laura, Jeana Mara Escher de Souza, Geraldo Alves Damasceno-Junior, Mônica Cristina Toffoli-Kadri, Wander Fernando de Oliveira Filiú, Edson Dos Anjos Dos Santos, Marilene Rodrigues Chang, Carlos Alexandre Carollo
The Hymenaea stigonocarpa and Hymenaea martiana species, commonly known as "jatobá," produce a sap which is extracted by perforation of the trunk and is commonly used in folk medicine as a tonic. For this study, the authenticity of commercial samples of jatobá was verified by the identification of the main compounds and multivariate analysis and contamination by microbial presence analysis. The acute toxicity of the authentic jatobá sap was also evaluated. The metabolites composition and multivariate analysis revealed that none of the commercial samples were authentic...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298938/efficacy-and-safety-of-modified-banxia-xiexin-decoction-pinellia-decoction-for-draining-the-heart-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-in-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
Yunkai Dai, Yunzhan Zhang, Danyan Li, Jintong Ye, Weijing Chen, Ling Hu
Modified Banxia Xiexin decoction (MBXD) is a classical Chinese herbal formula in treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) for long time, but the efficacy of it is still controversial. This study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of MBXD for the treatment of GERD in adults. The search strategy was carried out for publications in seven electronic databases. RevMan software version 5.3 and the Cochrane Collaboration's risk of bias tool were performed for this review. Twelve RCTs were included for the analysis...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298937/complementary-medicine-for-the-modification-of-risk-factors-for-cognitive-impairment
#20
EDITORIAL
Genevieve Z Steiner, Sai Wang Seto, Yiu Wa Kwan, Crystal Haskell-Ramsay, David A Camfield
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