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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894630/an-ethnobotanical-survey-of-galactogenic-plants-of-the-berhoum-district-m-sila-algeria
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Sarri Madani, Boudjelal Amel, Hendel Noui, Sarri Djamel, Hamdaoui Hadjer
BACKGROUND/AIM: This work aimed an ethnobatanical study on the galactogenic plants used in the Berhoum region (East of M'sila, Algeria) as a part of different studies on the medicinal plants related to M'sila region. METHODS: The fieldwork was undertaken as an ethnobotanical survey involving 76 informants (mean age: 50; 64% women, 36% men). Used the medicinal plants were identified, and the results were analyzed according to literature investigation dealing with ethnobotany...
July 2017: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796595/william-burroughs-sailor-of-the-soul
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Andrew J Lees
In 1953, William Seward Burroughs made several important and largely unrecognized discoveries relating to the composition and clinical pharmacological effects of the hallucinogenic plant potion known as yagé or ayahuasca. Illustrations of Burroughs' voucher sample of Psychotria viridis and his letter to the father of modern ethnobotany, Richard Evans Schultes, are published here for the very first time.
August 10, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751146/ethnophytotechnology-harnessing-the-power-of-ethnobotany-with-biotechnology
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John de la Parra, Cassandra L Quave
Ethnobotany (the scientific study of traditional plant knowledge) has aided the discovery of important medicines. However, as single-molecule drugs or synergistic mixtures, these remedies have faced obstacles in production and analysis. Now, advances in bioreactor technology, metabolic engineering, and analytical instrumentation are improving the production, manipulation, and scientific understanding of such remedies.
September 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670915/phytochemical-and-pharmacological-properties-of-essential-oils-from-cedrus-species
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Antoine M Saab, Roberto Gambari, Gianni Sacchetti, Alessandra Guerrini, Ilaria Lampronti, Massimo Tacchini, Antoine El Samrani, Samir Medawar, Hassane Makhlouf, Mona Tannoury, Jihad Abboud, Mona Diab-Assaf, Anake Kijjoa, Rosa Tundis, Jawad Aoun, Thomas Efferth
Natural products frequently exert pharmacological activities. The present review gives an overview of the ethnobotany, phytochemistry and pharmacology of the Cedrus genus, e.g. cytotoxic, spasmolytic immunomodulatory, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities. Cancer patients frequently seek remedies from traditional medicinal plants that are believed to exert less side effects than conventional therapy with synthetic drugs. A long-lasting goal of anti-cancer and anti-microbial therapy research is to find compounds with reduced side effects compared to currently approved drugs...
July 3, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649008/environmental-traditional-knowledge-in-a-natural-protected-area-as-the-basis-for-management-and-conservation-policies
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Juan Fernando Pío-León, Francisco Delgado-Vargas, Bernardo Murillo-Amador, José Luís León-de-la-Luz, Rito Vega-Aviña, Alejandra Nieto-Garibay, Miguel Córdoba-Matson, Alfredo Ortega-Rubio
Ethnobotany is an adequate tool to identify the most import wild edible plants used by local people and to develop strategies for its sustainable use and policy making. This research records the wild edible plants used by the inhabitants of the Sierra la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, in Mexico, and identified priority species for sustainable development. The employed quantitative approach included the application of a food-oriented index named Food Significance Index (FSI), which integrated cultural, agricultural and food parameters; moreover, it used multivariate analysis to identify priority edible species for use and/or conservation...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647189/ethnobotanical-profiling-of-the-medicinal-flora-of-kotli-azad-jammu-and-kashmir-pakistan-empirical-reflections-on-multinomial-logit-specifications
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Muhammad Shoaib Amjad, Muhammad Arshad, Abdul Saboor, Sue Page, Sunbal Khalil Chaudhari
OBJECTIVE: To report the indigenous people's uses of plants from a multidimensional perspective in a remote area where strong ethnobotanical cultural practices prevail. METHODS: An ethnobotanical survey was conducted in the field during 2014-2016. Ethnobotanical data were gathered from 182 informants through oral interviews and semi-structured questionnaires. The distribution of plants was explored using both descriptive and graphical methods. Further, a Multinomial Logit Specification was applied to find out the probability of the occurrence of diverse utilization of plants in multipurpose domains...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573238/kirkia-acuminata-oliv-a-review-of-its-ethnobotany-and-pharmacology
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Alfred Maroyi
BACKGROUND: Local communities in sub-Saharan Africa have a long history of medicinal plant usage. Like in other parts of the developing world, rural and urban communities are still dependent on herbal medicines for primary health care, and the use of herbal medicines is still an integral part of their daily life and socio-cultural life style. The objective of this paper is to summarise information on the ethnobotany and pharmacology of Kirkia acuminata Oliv. throughout its distributional range...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412219/medicinal-plant-uses-and-names-from-the-herbarium-of-francesc-bol%C3%A3-s-1773-1844
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Airy Gras, Teresa Garnatje, Neus Ibàñez, Jordi López-Pujol, Neus Nualart, Joan Vallè
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ethnobotany takes into account past uses to be projected into the present and future. Most current ethnobotanical research is focused, especially in industrialised countries, on obtaining information of plant uses from elderly people. Historical ethnobotany is less cultivated, although papers have demonstrated its interest. Particularly poor, but potentially very relevant, is the attention paid to historical herbaria as a source of data on useful plants...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411017/biological-properties-of-propolis-extracts-something-new-from-an-ancient-product
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REVIEW
Nada Zabaiou, Allan Fouache, Amalia Trousson, Silvère Baron, Amar Zellagui, Mesbah Lahouel, Jean-Marc A Lobaccaro
Natural products are an interesting source of new therapeutics, especially for cancer therapy as 70% of them have botany origin. Propolis, a resinous mixture that honey bees collect and transform from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources, has been used by ethnobotany and traditional practitioners as early in Egypt as 3000 BCE. Enriched in flavonoids, phenol acids and terpene derivatives, propolis has been widely used for its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Even though it is a challenge to standardize propolis composition, chemical analyses have pointed out interesting molecules that also present anti-oxidant and anti-proliferative properties that are of interest in the field of anti-cancer therapy...
April 12, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335791/fischer-s-plants-in-folk-beliefs-and-customs-a-previously-unknown-contribution-to-the-ethnobotany-of-the-polish-lithuanian-belarusian-borderland
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Monika Kujawska, Piotr Klepacki, Łukasz Łuczaj
BACKGROUND: Historical ethnobotanical studies are useful starting points for further diachronic analysis. The aim of this contribution is to present archival data from the Polish-Lithuanian-Belarusian borderland, which were collected by Adam Fischer, a Polish ethnographer from Lviv, in the 1930s. These data were originally gathered for publication in the first part of the Lexicon of Slavic beliefs and customs, dedicated to plant uses in traditional Slavonic culture. It was intended to be a joint international enterprise, but was never actually fulfilled...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261094/dioscorea-spp-a-wild-edible-tuber-a-study-on-its-ethnopharmacological-potential-and-traditional-use-by-the-local-people-of-similipal-biosphere-reserve-india
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Sanjeet Kumar, Gitishree Das, Han-Seung Shin, Jayanta Kumar Patra
A number of wild crops remain unexplored in this world and among them some have excellent medicinal and nutritional properties. India is a harbor of biodiversity in general and phytodiversity in particular. The plant diversity is distributed from the Western Ghats to Eastern Ghats, along with the North-Eastern region and from the Greater Himalayas to the plain of Ganga. Among these distributed floral regions of the country, the Eastern Ghats are important due to their rich floral diversity. The forests of Odisha form a major part of Eastern Ghats in general and the Similipal Biosphere Reserve (SBR) in particular...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217096/gymnadenia-conopsea-l-r-br-a-systemic-review-of-the-ethnobotany-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-an-important-asian-folk-medicine
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Xiaofei Shang, Xiao Guo, Yu Liu, Hu Pan, Xiaolou Miao, Jiyu Zhang
Gymnadenia conopsea (L.) R. Br. (Orchidaceae) is a perennial herbaceous orchid plant that grows widely throughout Europe and in temperate and subtropical zones of Asia. In China, its tuber has been used in traditional Chinese medicines, Tibetan medicines, Mongolian medicines and other ethnic medicines, and taken to treat numerous health conditions. The present paper provides a review of the traditional uses, phytochemistry, biological activities, and toxicology to highlight the future prospects of the plant...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209326/ethnobotany-phylogeny-and-omics-for-human-health-and-food-security
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Teresa Garnatje, Josep Peñuelas, Joan Vallès
Here, we propose a new term, 'ethnobotanical convergence', to refer to the similar uses for plants included in the same node of a phylogeny. This phylogenetic approach, together with the 'omics' revolution, shows how combining modern technologies with traditional ethnobotanical knowledge could be used to identify potential new applications of plants.
March 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198919/natural-compounds-from-mexican-medicinal-plants-as-potential-drug-leads-for-anti-tuberculosis-drugs
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Rocio Gómez-Cansino, Silvia Laura Guzmán-Gutiérrez, María Guadalupe Campos-Lara, Clara Ines Espitia-Pinzón, Ricardo Reyes-Chilpa
In Mexican Traditional Medicine 187 plant species are used in the treatment of respiratory conditions that may be associated with tuberculosis. In this contribution, we review the ethnobotany, chemistry and pharmacology of 63 species whose extracts have been assayed for antimycobacterial activity in vitro. Among these, the most potent is Aristolochia brevipes (MIC= 12.5 µg/mL), followed by Aristolochia taliscana, Citrus sinensis, Chrysactinia mexicana, Persea americana, and Olea europaea (MIC<64 µg/mL)...
January 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043897/natural-products-against-alzheimer-s-disease-pharmaco-therapeutics-and-biotechnological-interventions
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REVIEW
Abhijit Dey, Raktim Bhattacharya, Anuradha Mukherjee, Devendra Kumar Pandey
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a severe, chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with memory and cognition impairment ultimately leading to death. It is the commonest reason of dementia in elderly populations mostly affecting beyond the age of 65. The pathogenesis is indicated by accumulation of the amyloid-beta (Aβ) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) in brain tissues and hyperphosphorylation of tau protein in neurons. The main cause is considered to be the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) due to oxidative stress...
March 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038955/traditional-chinese-medicine-for-pulmonary-fibrosis-therapy-progress-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Liu-Cheng Li, Lian-Di Kan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a chronic, debilitating and often lethal lung disorder. Despite the molecular mechanisms of PF are gradually clear with numerous researchers' efforts, few effective drugs have been developed to reverse human PF or even halt the chronic progression to respiratory failure. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the main component of the medical practice used for more than 5000 years especially in China, often exerts wider action spectrum than previously attempted options in treating human diseases...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989875/ethnobotany-phytochemistry-toxicology-and-pharmacological-properties-of-terminalia-sericea-burch-ex-dc-combretaceae-a-review
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REVIEW
N I Mongalo, L J McGaw, T V Segapelo, J F Finnie, J Van Staden
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL REFERENCE: The use of medicinal plants in the treatment of infections is ancient. A wide variety of ethnotherapeutic properties and pharmacological actions has been attributed to Terminalia sericea. Studies by various groups of investigators reveal that it is a multipurpose medicinal plant used mostly in the treatment of diarrhoea, sexually transmitted infections, skin rashes, tuberculosis and other infections. The current paper is aimed at providing an overview of the ethnomedicinal uses, toxicology, pharmacology and the phytochemistry of Terminalia sericea...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894973/is-there-nothing-new-under-the-sun-the-influence-of-herbals-and-pharmacopoeias-on-ethnobotanical-traditions-in-albacete-spain
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Diego Rivera, Alonso Verde, Concepción Obón, Francisco Alcaraz, Candelaria Moreno, Teresa Egea, José Fajardo, José Antonio Palazón, Arturo Valdés, Maria Adele Signorini, Piero Bruschi
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: This paper has two overarching aims: (1) presenting the results of studying the Albacete tariff of medicines of 1526 and (2) broadly analyzing the origin and influences of medicinal traditional knowledge in the region of Albacete, Spain. We use historical and modern literature that may have influenced this knowledge. Our primary goal was to determine the ingredients used in the pharmacy in the 16th century CE in Albacete through the analysis of the tariff, and our secondary goal was to investigate until when ingredients and uses present in pharmacy and herbals persisted in later periods...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856541/online-teaching-resources-about-medicinal-plants-and-ethnobotany
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Kristina M Straus, Eric H Chudler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773801/a-review-of-ethnoboatany-therapeutic-value-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-crinum-macowanii-baker-a-highly-traded-bulbous-plant-in-southern-africa
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REVIEW
Alfred Maroyi
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Crinum macowanii is a deciduous bulbous plant which grows in east, central and southern Africa. Crinum macowanii has been used as herbal medicine by the indigenous people of east and southern Africa has for several centuries. The bulb, leaves and roots of C. macowanii are reported to possess diverse medicinal properties and used to treat or manage various human and animal diseases and ailments throughout its distributional range. Crinum macowanii is used traditionally as a remedy for boils, diarrhoea, fever, inflammation, respiratory system problems, skin rashes, tuberculosis, wounds and urinary tract problems...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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