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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745081/ethnobotanical-ethnopharmacological-and-phytochemical-studies-of-myrtus-communis-linn-a-popular-herb-in-unani-system-of-medicine
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Mekonnen Sisay, Tigist Gashaw
Myrtus communis L (Myrtaceae) is one of the popular drugs being used in the Unani system of phytomedicine since ancient Greece period. From time immemorial, different parts of this plant and essential oil have been used for a variety of purposes such as cosmetics (hair fall control), flavoring of food and drinks as well as extensive therapeutic purposes. Ethnobotanical information revealed that M communis L has been a folkloric repute for the treatment of several diseases like gastric ulcer, diarrhea, dysentery, cancer, rheumatism, hemorrhage, deep sinuses, leucorrhoea, hemorrhoid, inflammation, dyspepsia, anxiety, insomnia, diabetes, hypertension, pulmonary disorders, and skin diseases...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729228/tangled-history-of-the-european-uses-of-sphagnum-moss-and-sphagnol
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REVIEW
Jacek Drobnik, Adam Stebel
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Sphagnum mosses and peat could have been utilized as wound dressings for centuries, however reliable data on this subject are ambiguous; sometimes even no distinction between peat moss (Sphagnum spp.) and peat is made or these terms become confused. The first scientific account on surgical use of peat comes from 1882: a peat digger who successfully, by himself and in the way unknown to the then medicine, cured an open fracture of his forearm with peat. The peat, and very soon the peat moss itself (which is the major constituent of peat) drew attention of the 19(th)-century surgeons...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701882/comparison-of-anticancer-activities-of-korean-red-ginseng-derived-fractions
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Kwang-Soo Baek, Young-Su Yi, Young-Jin Son, Deok Jeong, Nak Yoon Sung, Adithan Aravinthan, Jong-Hoon Kim, Jae Youl Cho
BACKGROUND: Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) is an ethnopharmacological plant that is traditionally used to improve the body's immune functions and ameliorate the symptoms of various diseases. However, the antitumorigenic effects of KRG and its underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms are not fully understood in terms of its individual components. In this study, in vitro and in vivo antitumorigenic activities of KRG were explored in water extract (WE), saponin fraction (SF), and nonsaponin fraction (NSF)...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694178/medicinal-plants-used-in-the-treatment-of-tuberculosis-ethnobotanical-and-ethnopharmacological-approaches
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REVIEW
Javad Sharifi-Rad, Bahare Salehi, Zorica Z Stojanović-Radić, Patrick Valere Tsouh Fokou, Marzieh Sharifi-Rad, Gail B Mahady, Majid Sharifi-Rad, Mohammad-Reza Masjedi, Temitope O Lawal, Seyed Abdulmajid Ayatollahi, Javid Masjedi, Razieh Sharifi-Rad, William N Setzer, Mehdi Sharifi-Rad, Farzad Kobarfard, Atta-Ur Rahman, Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Athar Ata, Marcello Iriti
Tuberculosis is a highly infectious disease declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, with approximately one third of the world's population being latently infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis treatment consists in an intensive phase and a continuation phase. Unfortunately, the appearance of multi drug-resistant tuberculosis, mainly due to low adherence to prescribed therapies or inefficient healthcare structures, requires at least 20months of treatment with second-line, more toxic and less efficient drugs, i...
July 8, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687321/in%C3%A2-vitro-antibiofilm-efficacy-of-piper-betle-against-quorum-sensing-mediated-biofilm-formation-of-luminescent-vibrio-harveyi
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Ramanathan Srinivasan, Sivasubramanian Santhakumari, Arumugam Veera Ravi
Vibrio harveyi is a potent biofilm former, which confers resistance to multiple antimicrobials, disinfectants, chemicals and biocides. The prevalence of biofilm mediated antibiotic resistance among aquatic bacterial pathogens stresses the search for novel alternative approach to treat vibriosis in aquaculture. Exploring suitable therapeutics from natural resources could be a novel area of research. Therefore, this work was executed to evaluate the inhibitory effect of Piper betle ethyl acetate extract (PBE) on bioluminescence production and biofilm formation of V...
July 4, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679382/ethnopharmacological-survey-of-home-remedies-used-for-treatment-of-hair-and-scalp-and-their-methods-of-preparation-in-the-west-bank-palestine
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Abdel Naser Zaid, Nidal Amin Jaradat, Ahmad Mustafa Eid, Hamzeh Al Zabadi, Abdulsalam Alkaiyat, Saja Adam Darwish
BACKGROUND: Natural products have many uses and purposes, including those linked to pharmaceutics and cosmetics. The aim of this study was to investigate the use of natural remedies for the treatment of hair and scalp disorders in the West Bank, Palestine. METHODS: An ethnopharmacological survey of herbal remedies and other natural products used in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals was carried out in the West Bank, Palestine. A questionnaire was distributed to 267 herbalists, traditional healers, hairdressers and rural dwellers...
July 5, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674497/veronica-officinalis-product-authentication-using-dna-metabarcoding-and-hplc-ms-reveals-widespread-adulteration-with-veronica-chamaedrys
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Ancuta C Raclariu, Andrei Mocan, Madalina O Popa, Laurian Vlase, Mihael C Ichim, Gianina Crisan, Anne K Brysting, Hugo de Boer
Studying herbal products derived from local and traditional knowledge and their value chains is one of the main challenges in ethnopharmacology. The majority of these products have a long history of use, but non-harmonized trade and differences in regulatory policies between countries impact their value chains and lead to concerns over product efficacy, safety and quality. Veronica officinalis L. (common speedwell), a member of Plantaginaceae family, has a long history of use in European traditional medicine, mainly in central eastern Europe and the Balkans...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668645/herbal-medicinal-products-evidence-and-tradition-from-a-historical-perspective
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Robert Jütte, Michael Heinrich, Axel Helmstädter, Jost Langhorst, Günter Meng, Wilhelm Niebling, Tanja Pommerening, Hans J Trampisch
BACKGROUND: Aside from the fully licensed herbal medicines there are products on the European pharmaceutical market which are registered by virtue of their longstanding traditional use. The normal registration procedure does not apply to them because presently they do not meet the legal requirements for a full license as set out in the relevant European Union Directive. One of these requirements, "proof of tradition", has so far been dealt with in different ways and fails to meet the criteria of good practice...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642799/extraoral-taste-receptor-discovery-new-light-on-ayurvedic-pharmacology
#9
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/28642096/pine-needle-extract-prevents-hippocampal-memory-impairment-in-acute-restraint-stress-mouse-model
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Jin-Seok Lee, Hyeong-Geug Kim, Hye-Won Lee, Won-Yong Kim, Yo-Chan Ahn, Chang-Gue Son
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The Pinus densiflora leaf has been traditionally used to treat mental health disorders as a traditional Chinese medicine. Here we examined the ethnopharmacological relevance of pine needle on memory impairment caused by stress. AIM OF THE STUDY: To elucidate the possible modulatory actions of 30% ethanolic pine needle extract (PNE) on stress-induced hippocampal excitotoxicity, we adopted an acute restraint stress mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mice were orally administered with PNE (25, 50, or 100mg/kg) or ascorbic acid (100mg/kg) for 9 days, and were then subjected to restraint stress (6h/day) for 3 days (from experimental day 7-9)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629816/tinospora-species-an-overview-of-their-modulating-effects-on-the-immune-system
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REVIEW
Md Areeful Haque, Ibrahim Jantan, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Studies on the effects of natural immunomodulators to heal various diseases related to the immune system have been a growing interest in recent years. Amongst the medicinal plants, Tinospora species (family; Menispermaceae) have been one of the widely investigated plants for their modulating effects on the immune system due to their wide use in ethnomedicine to treat various ailments related to immune-related diseases. However, their ethnopharmacological uses are mainly with limited or without scientific basis...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623383/ethnopharmacological-uses-phytochemistry-biological-activities-and-biotechnological-applications-of-eclipta-prostrata
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REVIEW
Ill-Min Chung, Govindasamy Rajakumar, Ji-Hee Lee, Seung-Hyun Kim, Muthu Thiruvengadam
Eclipta prostrata belongs to a family of medicinal plants (Asteraceae) and plays a role in the treatment of several diseases, including infectious hepatitis, snake venom poisoning, gastritis, and respiratory diseases such as a cough and asthma. A number of compounds, including thiophene derivatives, steroids, triterpenes, flavonoids, polyacetylenes, polypeptides, and coumestans, have been isolated from E. prostrata. The plant functional compounds can act as reducing agent in the field of nanoparticle synthesis...
July 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618131/pharmacognosy-phytochemistry-and-pharmacological-properties-of-achillea-millefolium-l-a-review
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REVIEW
Sofi Imtiyaz Ali, B Gopalakrishnan, V Venkatesalu
Achillea millefoilum L. (Yarrow) is an important species of Asteraceae family with common utilization in traditional medicine of several cultures from Europe to Asia for the treatment of spasmodic gastrointestinal disorders, hepatobiliary, gynecological disorders, against inflammation and for wound healing. An extensive review of literature was made on A. millefoilum L. using ethno botanical text books, published articles in peer-reviewed journals, unpublished materials and scientific databases. The Plant List, International Plant Name Index and Kew Botanical Garden databases were used to authenticate the scientific names...
June 15, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606766/medicinal-species-as-mtdls-turnera-diffusa-willd-ex-schult-inhibits-cns-enzymes-and-delays-glutamate-excitotoxicity-in-sh-sy5y-cells-via-oxidative-damage
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João Bernardo, Federico Ferreres, Ángel Gil-Izquierdo, Patrícia Valentão, Paula B Andrade
One of the most promising approaches to confront the complexity of central nervous system disorders are new multi-target directed ligands (MTDLs). Five medicinal species (Cereus grandiflorus (L.) Mill., Hyssopus officinalis L., Acorus calamus L., Silybum marianum L. Gaertn. and Turnera diffusa Willd. Ex Schult), selected for their ethnopharmacological relevance, were object for in vitro screening. The aqueous extract of T. diffusa revealed the strongest neuroactive potential, inhibiting monoamine oxidase-A (IC50 = 129...
June 9, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602756/antrodia-cinnamomea-sensitizes-radio-chemo-therapy-of-cancer-stem-like-cells-by-modulating-microrna-expression
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Yu-Kai Su, Ping-Hsiao Shih, Wei-Hwa Lee, Oluwaseun Adebayo Bamodu, Alexander T H Wu, Chun-Chih Huang, Yew-Min Tzeng, Michael Hsiao, Chi-Tai Yeh, Chien-Min Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The discovery of many tissue-specific cancer stem cells (CSCs) continues to attract scientific attention. These CSCs are considered to be associated with chemo- and radio-resistance, and consequently, failure of conventional anticancer therapies. The recent demonstration of several microRNAs as enhancers of tumorigenicity via modulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition and cancer stemness, makes them putative novel therapeutic target in oncology. Antrodia cinnamomea is a Chinese traditional medicine with several biological functions including anti-inflammation, antioxidant, and cancer prevention...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586073/effects-of-the-tangningtongluo-formula-as-an-alternative-strategy-for-diabetics-via-upregulation-of-insulin-receptor-substrate-1
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Long Cheng, Junmei Song, Geng Li, Yue Liu, Yuming Wang, Xiangbao Meng, Guibo Sun, Xiaobo Sun
Tangningtongluo (TNTL), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been widely used in clinics for decades in southwest China. Its pharmacological properties and underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear. The main goal of ethnopharmacology is to identify novel bioactive compounds derived from plants for use in indigenous medical practice. This knowledge can be used to develop novel pharmaceuticals. In the present study, hyperglycemic C57BL/KsJ‑db/db (db/db) mice were used to test the effect of TNTL on microvasculature of the retina and hypoglycemia...
July 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559960/medicinal-plants-for-the-treatment-of-obesity-ethnopharmacological-approach-and-chemical-and-biological-studies
#17
REVIEW
Luciano Mamede de Freitas Junior, Eduardo B de Almeida
Obesity is a global epidemic that has shown a steady increase in morbimortality indicators; it is considered a social problem and entails serious health risks. One of the alternatives in the treatment of obesity is the traditional use of medicinal plants, which supports the research and development of obesity phytotherapy. In this article, we provide information about ethnopharmacological species used to treat obesity, through an electronic search of the periodical databases Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed and Scielo, considering the period 1996-2015 and using the descriptors "plants for obesity", "ethnopharmacology for obesity" and "anti-obesity plants" in both Portuguese and English...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557544/safety-assessment-of-oil-from-pequi-caryocar-brasiliense-camb-evaluation-of-the-potential-genotoxic-and-clastogenic-effects
#18
Giseli Karenina Traesel, Flavio Henrique Souza de Araújo, Luis Henrique Almeida Castro, Fernando Freitas de Lima, Sara Emilia Lima Tolouei Menegati, Priscilla Narciso Justi, Candida Aparecida Leite Kassuya, Claudia Andrea Lima Cardoso, Eliana Janet Sanjinez Argandoña, Silvia Aparecida Oesterreich
Genotoxic data of medicinal plants and functional foods are required as part of the risk assessment by international regulatory agencies. Due to its food consumption and ethnopharmacological relevance, pequi oil (Caryocar brasiliense Camb.) is one of these compounds to be studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and clastogenic effects of the oil from the pulp of C. brasiliense (OPCB) in vivo and in vitro. Initially, the Artemia salina in vitro assay was conducted to determine the cells viability rate of different doses of the OPCB...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549859/ethnopharmacological-investigations-of-the-cardio-renal-properties-of-a-native-species-from-the-region-of-pantanal-state-of-mato-grosso-do-sul-brazil
#19
Cleide Adriane Signor Tirloni, Francislaine Aparecida Dos Reis Lívero, Rhanany Alan Calloi Palozi, Renan César Alves Silveira, Paulo César de Paula Vasconcelos, Roosevelt Isaias Carvalho Souza, Ariany Carvalho Dos Santos, Valter Paes de Almeida, Jane Manfron Budel, Lauro Mera de Souza, Arquimedes Gasparotto Junior
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Acanthospermum hispidum DC. is an important medicinal herb that belongs to family Asteraceae, popularly used as a diuretic and hypotensive in the region of Pantanal, state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Despite the relevance of this species throughout the country, there are no detailed studies about its possible ethnobotanical indication. AIM: To carry out a detailed ethnopharmacological investigation of the cardio-renal properties of A...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545435/urinary-metabolomics-study-on-the-protective-role-of-orthosiphon-stamineus-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-mellitus-in-rats-via-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy
#20
Amalina Ahmad Azam, Raghunath Pariyani, Intan Safinar Ismail, Amin Ismail, Alfi Khatib, Faridah Abas, Khozirah Shaari
BACKGROUND: Orthosiphon stamineus (OS) is a herb known in ethnomedicine for treating diabetes mellitus (DM). In this study, a (1)H NMR based urine metabolomics tool has been used for the first time to identify the metabolic protective mechanism of OS in DM using Streptozotocin (STZ) induced experimental model in rats. METHODS: Four different solvent extracts of OS, namely aqueous, ethanolic, 50% aqueous ethanolic and methanolic, at a dose of 500 mg/kg body weight (bw) were orally administered for 14 days to diabetic rats induced via intraperitoneal injection of 60 mg/kg bw STZ...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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