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Journal of Pharmacopuncture

F Bosco, S Cidin, F Maceri, M Ghilli, M Roncella, L De Simone
This study investigates the effect of a combination of homeopathic medicine and electro-acupuncture in two patients with breast cancer and severe liver disease who could not receive standard anaesthesia therapy due to liver problems. Specifically, measurable and quantifiable parameters were used to evaluate whether an integrated approach-consisting of electro-acupuncture and a homeopathic medicine diluted above Avogadro's limit (that is, above a potency of 12CH) during the pre-surgical, surgical and post-surgical phases--can improve general well-being of a patient undergoing breast cancer surgery...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Muhack Yang, Jongwon Jang, Eunhye Cha, Byungsoo Ahn, Younghee Bang, Beomyong Song, Jiyong Shin, Chankeun Ahn, Deokho Kim, Sungchul Kim
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical effects of BU pharmacopuncture therapy consisting of bear's gall(fel ursi) and ox bezoar(bovis calculus) on acute lumbar sprain. Methods: 12 patients diagnosed as acute lumbar sprain in 6 designated local Korean medicine clinics from October 2017 to February 2018 were treated by BU pharmacopuncture. Several acupoints in abdomen and lumbar region were selected by clinicians at their own discretion...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Ui Joung Youn, Bon-Seok Gu, Kyung Hee Kim, Chulgyu Ha, In Chan Jung
Contents of compounds in Rehmanniae Radix change depending on the number of steaming and drying and the drying method. In this study, as an impregnation method for dried Rehmanniae Radix, takju impregnation and cheongju impregnation were carried out and steaming and drying were repeated for 9 times. The changes of 5-HMF and catalpol contents were analyzed according to the number of repetition times to investigate which stage of steaming and drying is preferable. Also, total nitrogen, crude fat, ash, and crude fiber were measured to analyze changes in general components...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Sunju Park, Hae-Mo Park, Seung-Ho Sun
Objective: This study is to evaluate both the single-dose intravenous injection toxicity and the approximate lethal dose of Water-soluble Danggui Pharmacopuncture (WDP) in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Methods: Toxicity experiments were conducted at Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) laboratory in Biotoxtech Co., according to the regulations of GLP. WDP injection of dose 0.125, 0.25, and 0.5 mL/animal were experimental groups and normal saline injection group was control group...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Kyeong Han Kim, Jong Uk Kim, Bo Hyun Kim, Jin Hyeon Shin, Seong Jin Hong, Sang Ryong Lee, Tae-Han Yook
Objective: DIt is need to evaluate he changes of the bio-signals through the hot-cold stimulation in the CV4. Methods: The 30 healthy participants were enrolled and randomly allocated, to one of three groups(10 participants for each group): the hot stone therapy(HST) group, or the cold stone therapy(CST) group or no treatment group(NT). All the participants took a rest for 10 minutes for stability before the test. And additional 10 minute rest after measurements of skin test and sEMG...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Gholamreza Karimi, Samed Hassanzadeh-Josan, Bahram Memar, Seyed-Alireza Esmaeili, Bamdad Riahi-Zanjani
Silymarin is a flavonoid complex extracted from the Silybum marianum plant with a wide range of pharmacological and biochemical effects. In the present study, the immunomodulatory effects of silymarin were investigated in BALB/c mice. Silymarin was administered daily by intraperitoneal injection at doses of 50, 100 and 150 mg/kg for 14 consecutive days. Following the exposure, host hematological parameters, spleen cellularity and histopathological examination, as well as delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) responses, hemagglutination titers (HA), splenocyte cytokine production and lymphocyte proliferation assay were studied in all of the test groups of animals...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Mohammad Reza Safari, Omid Azizi, Somayeh Sadat Heidary, Nejat Kheiripour, Alireza Pouyandeh Ravan
Objective: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is the most common metabolic disorder that defined by chronic hyperglycemia for the deficiency in insulin secretion or resistance. Hyperglycemia could induce non-enzymatic glycation of proteins. It has been suggested that some traditional plants can improve blood glucose and inhibit glycation process. This work evaluates and compares the anti-glycation activities of four Iranian plant extracts in vitro. Methods: The methanolic extract of "Fumaria officinalis, Stachys lavandulifolia, Salvia hydrangea and Rosa Damascene" was prepared in three different concentrations...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Hassan Abolghasemi, Yunes Panahi, Minoo Ahmadinejad, Gholamreza Toogeh, Mehran Karimi, Aziz Eghbali, Nargess Bigom Mirbehbahani, Bighan Keikhaei Dehdezi, Zahra Badiee, Hamid Hoorfar, Peyman Eshghi, Nader Maghsoudi, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Mohammad Gholami-Fesharaki
Objective: This study compared the safety and efficacy of Safacto® versus xyntha® in patients with severe hemophilia A. Methods: Thirty-three male patients with severe hemophilia A were randomly divided into two groups. Seventeen patients received Safacto® and 16 patients received Xyntha® for four consecutive times. The dosage of FVIII was 40-50 IU/kg for each injection. Plasma level of FVIII activity was evaluated before every injection, 15 minutes after the injection and one month after the start of the trial...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Samane Arefani, Seyyed Mohammad Mohseni Mehran, Hassan Moladoust, Mohammad Reza Norasfard, Ahmad Ghorbani, Mahmood Abedinzade
Objective: Diseases of the respiratory system are one of the main causes of death and include situation such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia or asthma. Medicinal plants have beneficial effects on multiple diseases include respiratory disorders like asthma and bronchitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of U. dioica and L. Album on tracheal smooth muscle contraction. Material and methods: Hydroalcoholic extracts of L. Album and U...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Alireza Timcheh Hariri, Seyed Adel Moallem, Mahmoud Mahmoudi, Bahram Memar, Bibi Marjan Razavi, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
Objective: In this study, the effects of saffron stigma against subacute diazinon (DZN) toxicity on enzymes levels, biochemical, hematological, histopathological and genotoxicity indices were studied in rats. Methods: Vitamin E (200 IU/kg) and the aqueous extract of saffron (50, 100 and 200 mg/kg) were injected intraperitoneally three times per week alone or with DZN (20 mg/kg/day, orally) for 4 weeks. The hematological and biochemical parameters were evaluated at the end of 4 weeks...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Yong Ju Kim
Objective: The aim of this study is to optimize the extraction of beneficial substance from Cudrania tricuspidata leaves grown at Jirisan Mountain in South Korea by three different solvents depending on extraction time and at different temperature. Methods: The total phenolic contents were determined by the method reported by Sánchez-Moreno et al. The total flavonoid contents were analyzed by Slinkard and Singleton. The DPPH radical scavenging activity was determined according to the method reported by Blois...
June 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Najmeh Asrari, Rezvan Yazdian-Robati, Khalil Abnous, BiBi Marjan Razavi, Mrazieh Rashednia, Faezeh Vahdati Hasani, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
Objective: The role of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), CREB (cAMP response element binding) and VGF neuropeptide has been proved in antidepressant activity of long term saffron administration in the rat hippocampus. In this study we evaluated the role of these proteins in antidepressant activity of saffron in long term administration in the rat cerebellum. Methods: Saffron aqueous extract (40 and 80 mg/kg/day) and imipramine (10 mg/kg/day) were administered intraperitoneally for 21 days to rats...
March 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Yunes Panahi, Alireza Saadat, Maghsoud Seifi, Mahdi Rajaee, Alexandra E Butler, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of spinal-Z, derived from Peganum harmala seeds and Dracocephalum Kotschyi Boiss leaves, in patients with esophageal and stomach adenocarcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. Methods: Sixty-one patients with malignancies of the upper gastrointestinal tract were randomly assigned to one of two groups (treatment or control) in a double-blind fashion. Six capsules of Spinal-Z were prescribed to the patients with the regimen of 600 mg/m2/day, and placebo to the control group, for six months...
March 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Somaye Heidari, Soghra Mehri, Vahidesadat Shariaty, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
Objective: D-galactose (D-gal) is well-known agent to induce aging process. In the present study, we selected crocin, the main constituent of Crocus sativus L. (saffron), against D-gal-induced cytotoxicity in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. Methods: Pretreated cells with crocin (25-500 μM, 24 h) were exposed to D-gal (25-400 mM, 48 h). The MTT assay was used for determination cell viability. Dichlorofluorescin diacetate assay (DCF-DA) and senescence associated β-galactosidase staining assay (SA-β-gal) were used to evaluate the generation of reactive oxygen species and beta-galactosidase as an aging marker, respectively...
March 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Hyung-Sik Seo
Objective: It has been attempted to find out that Homine Placents and Soyeom mixed Pharmacopuncture (HSP) procedure is effective for the removal of melanocytic nevus of considerable size which cannot be applied to general acupuncture. Methods: Hominis placenta (0.5ml) and Soyeom (0.5ml) mixed pharmacopuncture (1.0ml) was subcutaneously injected in several places of melanocytic nevus. The treatment was performed about 20 times, once a week. Layer analysis of pigmentation was carried out using ECOSKIN...
March 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Yu-Jin Choi, Sun-Yong Chung, Seung-Hun Cho
Objective: Hwa-byung is one of the cultural concept of distress in Korea resulted from chronic accumulated anger. It is characterized by various symptoms like stuffy in the chest, hot or heat sensation, something pushing up in the chest, feeling of mortification, and a flush of anger. This protocol aims to explore the efficacy and safety of Huanglian-jie-du decoction on various somatic symptoms and insomnia in patients with Hwa-byung. Methods: This is study protocol for a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial...
March 2018: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Si Yeon Song, Kyeore Bae, Kwhang Ho Shin, Hwa-Seung Yoo
Objective: This case series aims to report the efficacy and the safety of using snake venom pharmacopuncture (SVP) for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Methods: Three heterogeneous cancer (1 endometrium, 1 cervix, and 1 prostate cancer) patients were referred to the East-West Cancer Center (EWCC), Dunsan Korean Medicine Hospital of Daejeon University, from August 02, 2017, to September 15, 2017, for treatment with SVP, and they were treated with SVP 4 times, 6 times, and 8 times, respectively...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Il-Soo Shin, Eunbi Jo, Ik-Soon Jang, Hwa-Seung Yoo
Objective: SanYangSam and SanYangSanSam are traditional Korea-medical herbs that are grown from Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer. In our previous studies, we found that the functional compounds in SanYangSam and SanYangSanSam were different and depended on the type and the cultivation environment of ginseng. This study aimed to profile the functional constituents in SanYangSam and SanYangSanSam. Methods: To profile the functional aspects of the many compounds that have therapeutic activities in SanYangSam and SanYangSanSam extracts, we used liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry and quadrupole orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Mukesh K Singh, Hemant Dhongade, Dulal Krishna Tripathi
Objective: Orthosiphon pallidus (O. pallidus) , which belongs to the Lamiaceae family, is a popular garden plant that is widely used for the treatment of various diseases, such as urinary lithiasis, fever, hepatitis, cancer and jaundice. The objective of the present work was to investigate the antioxidant free-radical scavenging and the anticancer activities of O. pallidus against human breast-cancer cell lines. Methods: The antioxidant activity of Orthosiphon pallidus aqueous extract (OPAE) was investigated using different models, such as the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and the 2, 2'-azinobis-(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) models, as were the Fe+ chelation, the hydroxyl radical and superoxide radical scavenging, and total reducing power activities...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Yu-Jin Choi, Hwa-Young Lee, Yunna Kim, Seung-Hun Cho
Introduction: Pharmacopuncture, which combines acupuncture with herbal medicine, is one of the newly developed acupuncture techniques that has recently been put into use. The possible mechanisms of scolopendra pharmacopuncture, as well as its potential effects on depressive symptoms, were investigated in this study by using a mouse model of chronic immobilization stress (CIS). Methods: C57BL/6 male mice were randomly assigned into three groups: mice not stressed with restraint and injected with distilled water, mice stressed with restraint and injected with distilled water, and mice stressed with restraint injected with scolopendra pharmacopuncture at a cervical site...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
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