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Rosa Mia F Cabanting, Loida M Perez
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Rice (Oryza sativa L.) remains as one the most important staple food of the Philippines with an overabundance of varieties and gastronomic use. Despite this, no published comprehensive ethnobotanical information exists for the exclusive subject on Philippine traditional rice varieties and their ethnomedicinal value. AIM OF THE STUDY: To identify and collect traditional rice landrace with ethnomedicinal application from local communities of the Philippines; and document the application, traditional preparation and administration of these plants...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Wararut Buncharoen, Kanokporn Saenphet, Supap Saenphet, Chatchote Titaram
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Traditional medicine has used Uvaria rufa Blume as an ethnomedicinal plant for treating fever, skin allergies, intestinal ulcers and prostate disorders including BPH. However, no scientific evidence supports the traditional use. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic potential of U. rufa on BPH using in vitro and in vivo models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro studies screened the efficacy of a 5α-reductase (5αR) inhibition and antioxidant activity of petroleum ether, ethyl acetate, ethanol and aqueous extracts from the stem of U...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Peter Lorenz, Miriam Heinrich, Manuel Garcia-Käufer, Franziska Grunewald, Silke Messerschmidt, Anja Herrick, Kim Gruber, Christiane Beckmann, Matthias Knoedler, Roman Huber, Carmen Steinborn, Florian C Stintzing, Carsten Gründemann
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Oak bark has been used since ancient times in Europaen ethnomedicine because of its adstringent, antimicrobial and hemostatic features, e.g. as a remedy for the treatment of wounds and skin diseases. PURPOSE: Oak bark tannins are considered as bioactive natural products, interacting with surface proteins of mucous membranes and might be beneficial for the treatment of allergic diseases. This study investigated the effect of an oak bark decoction (OBD) and isolated tannin fractions on the degranulation capacity and cytokine/chemokine release from rat basophilic cells and human mast cells in vitro, which are essential for the initiation of early- and late-phase allergic reactions...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Stevan Samardžić, Maja Tomić, Uroš Pecikoza, Radica Stepanović-Petrović, Zoran Maksimović
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim.), and dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris Moench) flowers are traditionally used to treat various ailments, including inflammatory conditions. The aim of the present study was to validate the aforementioned ethnomedicinal claim by assessing antihyperalgesic and antiedematous activities and toxicity of orally administered lyophilized flower infusions (LFIs) of F. ulmaria and F. vulgaris in experimental animals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The phytochemical analysis of LFIs was performed by HPLC-DAD...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Mojtaba Heydari, Hosein Heydari, Alireza Saadati, Mohammad Gharehbeglou, Javad Tafaroji, Abolfazl Akbari
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Traditional Medicine (TM) is popularly used for neonatal jaundice in Iran. OBJECTIVE: to provides evidence for characteristics of traditional medicine use in the treatment of neonatal jaundice in Qom, Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Field surveys were carried out during July 2015 - August 2015 in Qom through structured questionnaire in Persian from 212 parents of children with neonatal jaundice. All plant species recorded for the treatment of neonatal jaundice were sampled...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Biswanath Dinda, Anthony M Kyriakopoulos, Subhajit Dinda, Vassilis Zoumpourlis, Nikolaos S Thomaidis, Aristea Velegraki, Charlambos Markopoulos, Manikarna Dinda
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cornus mas L. (cornelian cherry) fruits have been used for centuries as traditional cuisine and folk medicine in various countries of Europe and Asia. In folk medicines, the fruits and other parts of the plant have been used for prevention and treatment of a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, fevers, rheumatic pain, skin and urinary tract infections, kidney and liver diseases, sunstroke, among others. This review provides a systematic and constructive overview of ethnomedicinal uses, chemical constituents and pharmacological activities of this plant as well as future research need for its commercial utilization as nutraceutical food supplement and medicine...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Chabaco Armijos, Gianluca Gilardoni, Luis Amay, Antonio Lozano, Francesco Bracco, Jorge Ramirez, Nicole Bec, Christian Larroque, Paola Vita Finzi, Giovanni Vidari
ETHNOBOTANICAL AND ETHNOMEDICINAL RELEVANCE: This study concerns seven Huperzia species (Lycopodiaceae), namely H. brevifolia, H. columnaris, H. compacta, H. crassa, H. espinosana, H. tetragona, H. weberbaueri, which are considered sacred plants by the Saraguro community, living in the Southern Andes of Ecuador; these plants are widely used in traditional medicine and ritual ceremonies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The plants were selected on the basis of written interviews with 10 visionary healers (yachak) (2 women, 8 men), indicated as the most credible by the Saraguro Healers Council...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Akash Tariq, Muhammad Adnan, Rahila Amber, Kaiwen Pan, Sakina Mussarat, Zabta Khan Shinwari
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis and malaria are the two most common parasitic diseases and responsible for large number of deaths per year particularly in developing countries like Pakistan. Majority of Pakistan population rely on medicinal plants due to their low socio-economic status. The present review was designed to gather utmost fragmented published data on traditionally used medicinal plants against leishmaniasis and malaria in Pakistan and their scientific validation. METHODS: Pub Med, Google Scholar, Web of Science, ISI Web of knowledge and Flora of Pakistan were searched for the collection of data on ethnomedicinal plants...
2016: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
Zivile Pranskuniene, Jurga Bernatoniene, Zenona Simaitiene, Andrius Pranskunas, Tauras Mekas
Lithuania has old ethnomedicine traditions, consisting of many recipes with herbal, animal, and mineral original ingredients. All these findings were mostly collected in Lithuanian language, often in local community's dialects, and stored only in archives. We analyzed archival sources about honeybee and its products used for medicinal purposes dated from 1886 till 1992 in different parts of Lithuania. We systematized and presented the most important information about bees and their products: indication for usage, ingredients used in the recipe, their preparation techniques, and application for therapeutic purposes...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Md Azizur Rahman, Juber Akhtar
Phytochemical investigation is very valuable for the ethnomedicinally important plants Bauhinia racemosa Lam (BR) and Cordia dichotoma Linn (CD) used for the cure of variety of ailments. This study was thus designed for phytochemical investigation of BR bark and CD leaves. Phytoconstituents were isolated from the methanolic extracts of the plants by column chromatography using silica gel as stationary phase. The structures had been established on the basis of their physicochemical and spectral data, i.e. IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and MS...
October 2016: Natural Product Research
Yadu Nandan Dey, Garima Sharma, Manish M Wanjari, Dharmendra Kumar, Vinay Lomash, Ankush D Jadhav
CONTEXT: The tuber of Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson (Araceae), commonly called Suran or Jimmikand, has high medicinal value and is used ethnomedicinally for the treatment of different gastrointestinal and inflammatory disorders. OBJECTIVE: The present study evaluated the effects of extracts of Amorphophallus paeoniifolius tubers on acetic acid-induced ulcerative colitis (UC) in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar rats were orally administered methanol extract (APME) or aqueous extract (APAE) (250 and 500 mg/kg) or standard drug, prednisolone (PRDS) (4 mg/kg) for 7 days...
September 7, 2016: Pharmaceutical Biology
Rayene Ouelbani, Souheir Bensari, Toma Nardjes Mouas, Douadi Khelifi
ETHNO-PHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Constantine and Mila regions have been investigated in an ethnobotanical study for the first time. A total of 102 medicinal plants have been cited to treat human ailments. Twenty-eight new species of 31 common plants with 151 new therapeutic applications and 12 new cited species including one endemic specie Zygophyllum cornutum Coss were found as compared to other Algerian regions. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, 369 new medicinal uses of 75 known plants, were reported for the first time in the Mediterranean basin...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Soumyajit Biswas, Rupa Shaw, Sanjay Bala, Asis Mazumdar
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Medicinal Plant resources of forest origin are extensively used in India for various systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, Allopathy, Siddha and Ethnic etc. The tribal communities around the Kakrajhore forest in West Medinipur district of West Bengal have their own traditional knowledge based system of curing many diseases using the forest based plant resources similar to ayurveda. The forest comprises of one of the unique treasure and rich source of diversified ethno-botanical wealth and therefore extensive studies is required for proper documentation including ethnomedicinal knowledge of local tribes...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Narcisa Mandras, Antonia Nostro, Janira Roana, Daniela Scalas, Giuliana Banche, Valeria Ghisetti, Simonetta Del Re, Giacomo Fucale, Anna Maria Cuffini, Vivian Tullio
BACKGROUND: The management of Candida infections faces many problems, such as a limited number of antifungal drugs, toxicity, resistance of Candida to commonly antifungal drugs, relapse of Candida infections, and the high cost of antifungal drugs. Though azole antifungal agents and derivatives continue to dominate as drugs of choice against Candida infections, there are many available data referring to the anticandidal activity of essential oils. Since we have previous observed a good antimicrobial activity of some essential oils against filamentous fungi, the aim of this study was to extend the research to evaluate the activity of the same oils on Candida albicans, C...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Deeksha Singh, Uttam Singh Baghel, Anshoo Gautam, Dheeraj Singh Baghel, Divya Yadav, Jai Malik, Rakesh Yadav
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The genus Anogeissus (axlewood tree, ghatti tree, button tree and chewing stick tree) belongs to Combretaceae, includes eight species that are distributed in Asia and Africa. Plants are used as an ethnomedicine in Asia and Africa to treat various ailments like diabetes, fever, diarrhoea, dysentery, tuberculosis, wound healing, skin diseases (eczema, psoriasis), snake and scorpion venom. Based on the traditional knowledge, different phytochemical and pharmacological activities have been at the focus of research...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Vincent Louie Domingo Cabelin, Grecebio Jonathan Duran Alejandro
BACKGROUND: The Philippines is home to some ethnomedicinal Apocynaceae that has been used to cure common ailments. They are perceived to be safe, but misidentification can lead to substitution and adulteration. Morphological characters are primarily utilized to identify these species but a new method utilizing molecular characters called DNA barcoding has emerged. In this study, the efficiency of matK, rbcL, trnH-psbA, and trnL-F to molecularly authenticate selected Apocynaceae species were tested...
May 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Ya Chee Lim, Rajan Rajabalaya, Shirley Huan Fang Lee, Kushan U Tennakoon, Quang-Vuong Le, Adi Idris, Ihsan N Zulkipli, Natasha Keasberry, Sheba R David
The mistletoes, stem hemiparasites of Asia and Europe, have been used as medicinal herbs for many years and possess sophisticated systems to obtain nutrients from their host plants. Although knowledge about ethnomedicinal uses of mistletoes is prevalent in Asia, systematic scientific study of these plants is still lacking, unlike its European counterparts. This review aims to evaluate the literature on Scurrula and Viscum mistletoes. Both mistletoes were found to have anticancer, antimicrobial, antioxidant and antihypertensive properties...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Ji-Seok Han, Byoung-Seok Lee, So-Ri Han, Hyoung-Yun Han, Moon-Koo Chung, Byung-Sun Min, Ji Hyeon Seok, Yong-Bum Kim
Radix Dipsaci, the dried root of Dipsacus asperoides C.Y. Cheng & T.M.Ai, has therapeutic effects on various disorders, and in particular, bone and joint disease. Despite such ethnomedicinal benefits, there is very little information regarding its in vivo toxicity or adverse effects. This study was conducted to evaluate the potential toxicity of the Radix Dipsaci water Extract (RD-wE) by using F344 rats. The RD-wE was administered orally to rats at doses of 0, 125, 250, 500, 1000, and 2000 mg/kg body weight (bw)/day for 13 weeks...
July 29, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Govindhan Annamalai, Suresh Kathiresan, Nagappan Kannappan
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a well-known herb used in ethnomedicine. [6]-shogaol, a phenolic nature is a major constituent of ginger. In this study, we investigated the anticancer activity of [6]-shogaol in Laryngeal cancer (Hep-2) cells. We demonstrated the effects of [6]-shogaol on the cell growth and apoptosis in Hep-2 cells were analyzed by the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), the level of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔYm), DNA damage and apoptotic morphological changes were analyzed by AO/EtBr, AO and Hoechst staining...
August 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Nawal Shrestha, Saugat Shrestha, Laxmi Koju, Krishna Kumar Shrestha, Zhiheng Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The rich floral and ethnic composition of eastern Nepal and the widespread utilization of locally available medicinal plants offer remarkable opportunity for ethnomedicinal research. The present paper aims to explore medicinal plant diversity and use in the remote villages of eastern Nepal. It also aims to evaluate ethnopharmacological significance of the documented use reports and identify species of high indigenous priority. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was undertaken in four villages located in the Sankhuwasabha district in eastern Nepal...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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