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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922794/genome-wide-variation-patterns-uncover-the-origin-and-selection-in-cultivated-ginseng-panax-ginseng-meyer
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Ming-Rui Li, Feng-Xue Shi, Ya-Ling Li, Peng Jiang, Lili Jiao, Bao Liu, Lin-Feng Li
Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer) is a medicinally important herb and plays crucial roles in traditional Chinese medicine. Pharmacological analyses identified diverse bioactive components from Chinese ginseng. However, basic biological attributes including domestication and selection of the ginseng plant remain under-investigated. Here, we presented a genome-wide view of the domestication and selection of cultivated ginseng based on the whole genome data. A total of 8,660 protein-coding genes were selected for genome-wide scanning of the 30 wild and cultivated ginseng accessions...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921053/herbs-used-for-the-treatment-of-hypertension-and-their-mechanism-of-action
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REVIEW
Steven G Chrysant, George S Chrysant
There is great interest lately, in the use of herbs for the treatment of hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Herbs and plants contain many phytochemicals that have been effective in the treatment of CVD and hypertension. Accumulating scientific evidence provides a reason for the use of herbs by health practitioners for treating their patients. The rationale for this expanding use of herbs is the belief of patients in a "holistic medicine" and that herbs are natural, safe, and effective. However, there are reasons of concern with the use of herbs, because they are not regulated or supervised carefully and their use could lead to serious complications or interactions with their combination with traditional medicines...
September 18, 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918484/drug-herb-interactions-in-the-elderly-patient-with-ibd-a-growing-concern
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REVIEW
Haider Rahman, Marina Kim, Galen Leung, Jesse A Green, Seymour Katz
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is becoming more prevalent with the elderly being the fastest growing group. Parallel to this, there is an increasing interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Nearly half of patients with IBD have used CAM at one time. The elderly patients, however, are burdened by comorbid conditions, polypharmacy, and altered functional status. With increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine in our elderly patients with IBD, it is vital for the provider to provide counsel on drug-herb potential interactions...
September 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918329/an-integrated-strategy-for-rapid-discovery-and-identification-of-the-sequential-piperine-metabolites-in-rats-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometery
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Zhanpeng Shang, Wei Cai, Yanfeng Cao, Fei Wang, Zhibin Wang, Jianqiu Lu, Jiayu Zhang
Piperine, one of the major bioactive constituents isolated from natural flavorings and medicinal-culinary herbs, possesses various biological activities. In the present study, an integrated strategy based on ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry was established to reveal piperine metabolism in rats. First of all, post-acquisition data-mining methods, including high resolution extracted ion chromatograms (HREICs) and multiple mass defect filtering (MMDF), were used to screen piperine metabolite candidates in a full-scan HRMS(1) level...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916280/non-linear-direct-effects-of-acid-rain-on-leaf-photosynthetic-rate-of-terrestrial-plants
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Dan Dong, Enzai Du, Zhengzhong Sun, Xuetong Zeng, Wim de Vries
Anthropogenic emissions of acid precursors have enhanced global occurrence of acid rain, especially in East Asia. Acid rain directly suppresses leaf function by eroding surface waxes and cuticle and leaching base cations from mesophyll cells, while the simultaneous foliar uptake of nitrates in rainwater may directly benefit leaf photosynthesis and plant growth, suggesting a non-linear direct effect of acid rain. By synthesizing data from literature on acid rain exposure experiments, we assessed the direct effects of acid rain on leaf photosynthesis across 49 terrestrial plants in China...
September 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915465/traditional-chinese-medicinal-herbs-as-potential-ache-inhibitors-for-anti-alzheimer-s-disease-a-review
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REVIEW
Yingying Jiang, Hongwei Gao, Gulmira Turdu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting 25 million people worldwide, and cholinergic hypothesis is considered as an important hypotheses in the processes of improving cognitive function and recognition skills in recent years. For the long-term treatment of AD, traditional Chinese medicine are particularly suitable for drug discovery. In this review, we sum up six traditional Chinese medicinal herbs concerned with development of AChEIs, including Herba Epimedii, Coptis Chinensis Franch, Rhizoma Curcumae Longae, Green tea, Ganoderma, Panax Ginseng...
September 6, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915268/large-scale-cross-species-chemogenomic-platform-proposes-a-new-drug-discovery-strategy-of-veterinary-drug-from-herbal-medicines
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Chao Huang, Yang Yang, Xuetong Chen, Chao Wang, Yan Li, Chunli Zheng, Yonghua Wang
Veterinary Herbal Medicine (VHM) is a comprehensive, current, and informative discipline on the utilization of herbs in veterinary practice. Driven by chemistry but progressively directed by pharmacology and the clinical sciences, drug research has contributed more to address the needs for innovative veterinary medicine for curing animal diseases. However, research into veterinary medicine of vegetal origin in the pharmaceutical industry has reduced, owing to questions such as the short of compatibility of traditional natural-product extract libraries with high-throughput screening...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914776/worldwide-occurrence-and-investigations-of-contamination-of-herbal-medicines-by-tropane-alkaloids
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REVIEW
Thomas Y K Chan
Tropane alkaloids occur mainly in Solanaceae plants. In the present review, the main objective is to describe the worldwide occurrence and investigations of anticholinergic poisoning due to the contamination of herbal teas and herbs by tropane alkaloids. Tropane alkaloid poisoning can occur after consumption of any medicinal plant if Solanaceae plants or plant parts are present as contaminants. Globally, almost all reports in 1978-2014 involve herbal teas and one of the prescribed herbs in composite formulae...
September 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914764/antioxidant-activity-of-spices-and-their-impact-on-human-health-a-review
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REVIEW
Alexander Yashin, Yakov Yashin, Xiaoyan Xia, Boris Nemzer
Antioxidants are substances that prevent oxidation of other compounds or neutralize free radicals. Spices and herbs are rich sources of antioxidants. They have been used in food and beverages to enhance flavor, aroma and color. Due to their excellent antioxidant activity, spices and herbs have also been used to treat some diseases. In this review article, the chemical composition and antioxidant activity of spices and culinary herbs are presented. The content of flavonoids and total polyphenols in different spices and herbs are summarized...
September 15, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914436/chinese-and-indian-women-s-experience-with-alternative-medications-for-menopause-related-symptoms-a-qualitative-analysis
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Saw Ohn Mar, Fatehpal Singh Malhi, Syed Hamid Syed Rahim, Myint Myint Soe
OBJECTIVE: To explore women's rationalization for using alternative medications, their experience and view on safety of long-term use. METHODS: Two focus group discussions, involving 5 participants each for Chinese and Indian groups, were conducted separately. Participant's personal information was collected anonymously. The discussion covered 5 areas: determinants for taking medications; reason for choosing alternative medications rather than hormone replacement therapy (HRT); how these medications help them; their view on cost-effectiveness and concerns over long-term use...
September 15, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914435/combination-therapy-of-tacrolimus-and-chinese-herb-medicated-bath-in-children-with-inverse-psoriasis
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Min-Feng Wu, Su Li, Yong-Mei Qian, Xin Li, Yu Chen, Ruo-Yi Wei, Bin Li, Fu-Lun Li
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September 15, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911685/simultaneous-characterization-and-quantification-of-17-main-compounds-in-rabdosia-rubescens-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
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Sen Guo, Xueqin Cui, Mi Jiang, Lu Bai, Xiao Tian, Tiantian Guo, Qingchao Liu, Li Zhang, Chi-Tang Ho, Naisheng Bai
Rabdosia rubescens is a healthy herbal tea and well-known Chinese medicinal herb. To evaluate the quality of R. rubescens from China, a high performance liquid chromatography method with dual-wavelength detection was developed and validated. The method was successfully applied for the simultaneous characterization and quantification of 17 main constituents from four different cultivation regions in China. Under optimal conditions, analysis was performed on a Luna C-18 column and gradient elution with a solvent system of acetonitrile and 0...
April 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911527/cellular-models-for-the-evaluation-of-the-antiobesity-effect-of-selected-phytochemicals-from%C3%A2-food-and-herbs
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REVIEW
Yen-Chen Tung, Pei-Hsuan Hsieh, Min-Hsiung Pan, Chi-Tang Ho
Dietary phytochemicals from food and herbs have been studied for their health benefits for a long time. The incidence of obesity has seen an incredible increase worldwide. Although dieting, along with increased physical activity, seems an easy method in theory to manage obesity, it is hard to apply in real life. Obesity treatment drugs and surgery are not successful or targeted for everyone and can have significant side effects. This low rate of success is the major reason that the overweight as well as the pharmaceutical industry seek alternative methods, including phytochemicals...
January 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910861/antioxidative-and-antiaging-activities-and-component-analysis-of-lespedeza-cuneata-g-don-extracts-fermented-with-lactobacillus-pentosus
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Joon Seob Seong, Song Hua Xuan, So Hyun Park, Keon Soo Lee, Young Min Park, Soo Nam Park
Lespedeza cuneata G. Don is a traditional herb that has been shown to associate with multiple biological activities. In this study, we investigated the antioxidative/antiaging activities and performed an active component analysis of the non-fermented and fermented (using Lactobacillus pentosus) extracts of Lespedeza cuneata G. Don. The antioxidative activities of the fermented extract were higher than those of non-fermented extracts. The elastase inhibitory activity, inhibitory effects on UV-induced MMP-1 expression, and ability to promote type I procollagen synthesis were investigated in Hs68 human fibroblasts cells...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910286/potential-dna-barcodes-for-melilotus-species-based-on-five-single-loci-and-their-combinations
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Fan Wu, Jinxing Ma, Yuqin Meng, Daiyu Zhang, Blaise Pascal Muvunyi, Kai Luo, Hongyan Di, Wenli Guo, Yanrong Wang, Baochang Feng, Jiyu Zhang
Melilotus, an annual or biennial herb, belongs to the tribe Trifolieae (Leguminosae) and consists of 19 species. As an important green manure crop, diverse Melilotus species have different values as feed and medicine. To identify different Melilotus species, we examined the efficiency of five candidate regions as barcodes, including the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and two chloroplast loci, rbcL and matK, and two non-coding loci, trnH-psbA and trnL-F. In total, 198 individuals from 98 accessions representing 18 Melilotus species were sequenced for these five potential barcodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905437/the-use-of-traditional-herbal-medicines-amongst-south-asian-diasporic-communities-in-the-uk
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Sukvinder K Bhamra, Adrian Slater, Caroline Howard, Mark Johnson, Michael Heinrich
Migrant South Asian communities in the UK have brought with them their own traditional forms of medicine, yet little is known about their current use of herbal medicines (HMs) in the UK. The aim of the study was to explore the origins, use and transmission of knowledge of traditional HMs used by diasporic South Asian communities in the UK. A researcher-administered questionnaire was used for data collection (n = 192). An opportunity sampling technique was used to recruit participants across several locations in Birmingham and Leicester...
September 14, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905185/hepatotoxicity-of-monoterpenes-and-sesquiterpenes
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REVIEW
Tomáš Zárybnický, Iva Boušová, Martin Ambrož, Lenka Skálová
Public interest in natural therapies has increased significantly over past decades. Herbs and herbal products are extensively consumed worldwide and they are generally considered as safe. However, this may not always be true as many cases of herb-induced liver injury are reported every year. The liver is a frequent target tissue of toxicity from all classes of toxicants as liver structure and function predispose it to high sensitivity to xenobiotics. The present review is focused on the hepatotoxic properties of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, plant secondary metabolites that represent the major components of essential oils wildly used in folk medicines, pharmaceutical industry and cosmetics...
September 13, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901804/histological-and-antimicrobial-study-of-ononis-arvensis-l
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Tünde Dénes, Sámuel Gergely Bartha, Mónika Kerényi, Erzsébet Varga, Viktória Lilla Balázs, Rita Csepregi, Nóra Papp
In this study field restharrow (Ononis arvensis) was investigated for histological and antimicrobial features. The aerial part and the root were embedded in synthetic resin and investigated following sectioning by a rotation microtome. The antimicrobial activity and minimum inhibitory concentration of the solvent fractions of the aerial part were studied against four bacterial strains and one fungus. According to histology, the root covered by rhizodermis contains contiguous vascular elements, which are surrounded by sclerenchyma cells...
September 2017: Acta Biologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901519/salidroside-a-scavenger-of-ros-enhances-the-radioprotective-effect-of-ex-rad%C3%A2-via-a-p53-dependent-apoptotic-pathway
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Tian Feng, Libin Wang, Nan Zhou, Chang Liu, Jiahui Cui, Rangxin Wu, Juan Jing, Shengyong Zhang, Hui Chen, Siwang Wang
Salidroside (Sal), the predominant component of a Chinese medicinal herb, Rhodiola rosea L., has become an attractive bioagent due to its significant anti-radiation, antioxidant and immune adjustment effects. We explored the radioprotective effect of Sal to ascertain whether it could enhance the anti-radiation effect of ON 01210.Na (Ex-RAD®) in vivo and in vitro, and elucidate its underlying mechanism. Our data demonstrated that Sal inhibited radiation-induced apoptosis, scavenged reactive oxygen species (ROS), and decreased the DNA damage of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
September 6, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901518/ailanthone-induces-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-of-sgc%C3%A2-7901-human-gastric-cancer-cells
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Yuxin Chen, Ling Zhu, Xi Yang, Cheng Wei, Chuanrong Chen, Yang He, Zhaoning Ji
Ailanthone is a major quassinoid extracted from the Chinese medicinal herb Ailanthus altissima, which has been reported to exert antiproliferative effects on various cancer cells. The present study aimed to investigate the antitumor effects of ailanthone on SGC‑7901 cells, and to analyze its underlying molecular mechanisms. Following treatment with ailanthone, Cell Counting kit‑8 was used to detect the cytotoxic effects of ailanthone on SGC‑7901 cells in vitro. The typical apoptotic morphology of SGC‑7901 cells was observed by Hoechst 33258 staining...
September 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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