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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821095/an-o-acetyl-glucomannan-from-the-rhizomes-of-curculigo-orchioides-structural-characterization-and-anti-osteoporosis-activity-in-vitro
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Xueqian Wang, Mengliu Zhang, Dawei Zhang, Shumei Wang, Chunyan Yan
Osteoporosis is characterized by a reduction in bone mass and bone mineral density, which weakens the bone. Due to the side effects associated with drugs that are currently used to treat this disease, an increasing number of studies have focused on the research of effective ingredients derived from natural products. In particular, polysaccharides extracted from Chinese herbal medicines have received increasing attention. In this study, we isolated a homogeneous polysaccharide (COP90-1) from the dried rhizomes of Curculigo orchioides, a famous traditional Chinese medicine that is widely used in China, and determined its structure using the combined methods of chemical and spectral analyses...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807619/neuroplasticity-related-mechanisms-underlying-the-antidepressant-like-effects-of%C3%A2-traditional-herbal-medicines
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REVIEW
Yafit Hirshler, Ravid Doron
Traditional herbal medicine can offer efficacious and safe alternative pharmacotherapies for depression. The ability of an herbal medicine to produce neuroadaptive processes, that enhance neuroplasticity and cellular resilience in response to chronic stress, may point to its antidepressant potential. We suggest that among many investigated herbal medicines, those that can enhance neuroplasticity may have stronger therapeutic potential. The current article presents a summary of traditional herbal medicines, which are thought to exert antidepressant-like effects in chronic stress models via neuroplasticity enhancement...
August 11, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789692/diversity-of-use-and-local-knowledge-of-wild-and-cultivated-plants-in-the-eastern-cape-province-south-africa
#3
Alfred Maroyi
BACKGROUND: Traditional ecological knowledge among indigenous communities plays an important role in retaining cultural identity and achieving sustainable natural resource management. Hundreds of millions of people mostly in developing countries derive a substantial part of their subsistence and income from plant resources. The aim of this study was to assess useful plant species diversity, plant use categories and local knowledge of both wild and cultivated useful species in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780881/-phytoestrogens-in-the-treatment-of-menopause
#4
Júlia Remport, Anna Blázovics
In previous centuries many women did not even live until their menopause years due to poor economic conditions, deficiencies of medicine, epidemics and wars. Nowadays in the developed countries, people live until they are 75-80 years old, and with the expansion of average age, the number of people affected by menopause and the years spent in that state increase. Nowadays women spend one third of their lives in the menopausal stage. The only effective way to treat unpleasant symptoms for centuries was with the use of herbs, and the knowledge about them spread through oral tradition...
August 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763749/protective-effects-of-ethanolic-peel-and-pulp-extracts-of-citrus-macroptera-fruit-against-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-infarction-in-rats
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Sudip Paul, Sagarika Das, E M Tanvir, Md Sakib Hossen, Moumoni Saha, Rizwana Afroz, Md Aminul Islam, Md Sabir Hossain, Siew Hua Gan, Md Ibrahim Khalil
Increases in the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) have aroused strong interest in identifying antioxidants from natural sources for use in preventive medicine. Citrus macroptera (C. macroptera), commonly known as "Satkara", is an important herbal and medicinal plant reputed for its antioxidant, nutritious and therapeutic uses. The aim of the present study was to investigate the cardio-protective effects of ethanol extracts of C. macroptera peel and pulp against isoproterenol (ISO)-induced myocardial infarction (MI) in rats...
July 29, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758992/demystifying-traditional-herbal-medicine-with-modern-approach
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Fu-Shuang Li, Jing-Ke Weng
Plants have long been recognized for their therapeutic properties. For centuries, indigenous cultures around the world have used traditional herbal medicine to treat a myriad of maladies. By contrast, the rise of the modern pharmaceutical industry in the past century has been based on exploiting individual active compounds with precise modes of action. This surge has yielded highly effective drugs that are widely used in the clinic, including many plant natural products and analogues derived from these products, but has fallen short of delivering effective cures for complex human diseases with complicated causes, such as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and degenerative diseases...
July 31, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752028/approaches-to-establish-q-markers-for-the-quality-standards-of-traditional-chinese-medicines
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REVIEW
Wenzhi Yang, Yibei Zhang, Wanying Wu, Luqi Huang, Dean Guo, Changxiao Liu
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has played a pivotal role in maintaining the health of Chinese people and is now gaining increasing acceptance around the global scope. However, TCM is confronting more and more concerns with respect to its quality. The intrinsic "multicomponent and multitarget" feature of TCM necessitates the establishment of a unique quality and bioactivity evaluation system, which is different from that of the Western medicine. However, TCM is investigated essentially as "herbal medicine" or "natural product", and the pharmacopoeia quality monographs are actually chemical-markers-based, which can ensure the consistency only in the assigned chemical markers, but, to some extent, have deviated from the basic TCM theory...
July 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749412/multi-targeting-andrographolide-a-novel-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitor-as-a-potential-therapeutic-agent-for-stroke
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REVIEW
Chih-Hao Yang, Ting-Lin Yen, Chia-Yuan Hsu, Philip-Aloysius Thomas, Joen-Rong Sheu, Thanasekaran Jayakumar
A key focus in the field of drug discovery has been motivated by the neuroprotection of natural compounds. Cerebral ischemia is a multifaceted pathological process with a series of mechanisms, and a perspective for the development of neuroprotectants from traditional herbal medicine or natural products is a promising treatment for this disease. Natural compounds with the effects of anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, anti-apoptosis, and neurofunctional regulation exhibit therapeutic effects on experimental ischemic brain injury...
July 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749102/an-exploration-of-phytochemicals-from-simaroubaceae
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REVIEW
Biba Vikas, B S Akhil, S R Suja, K Sujathan
Natural products such as plants, animals and minerals have been the basis of treatment of human diseases. Herbal remedies have been used for the treatment of many ailments. Many compounds have been derived from the plant species mentioned in the ancient texts of Indian system of medicine for the treatment of a number of ailments. The R and D thrust in the pharmaceutical sector is focused on development of new drugs, innovative/indigenous processes for known drugs and development of plant based drugs through investigation of leads from the traditional systems of medicine...
July 27, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741457/anthocyanins-possible-role-as-multitarget-therapeutic-agents-for-prevention-and-therapy-of-chronic-diseases
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Swathi Putta, Nagendra Sastry Yarla, Ilaria Peluso, Dinesh Kumar Tiwari, Gorla V Reddy, Priyanka Voori Giri, Naresh Kumar, Ramarao Malla, Veera Brahma Chari, Rama Sekhara Reddy D, Ramesh Bade, Mastan Mannarapu, George Barretto, Da-Yong Lu, Vadim V Tarasov, Vladimir N Chubarev, Frederico Fávaro Ribeiro, Luciana Scotti, Marcus T Scotti, M A Kamal, Gjumrakch Aliev, Chinthalapally V Rao, George Perry, Anupam Bishayee
Anthocyanins belong to the flavonoids class of polyphenols and they are water soluble dark colored natural pigments from fruits and vegetables. Dietary consumption of anthocyanins is high compared to other flavonoids, owing to their wide distribution in plant materials. Anthocyanins are the active component in several herbal folk medicines due to its multifaceted medicinal properties. METHOD: This review discusses the anthocyanins as multitarget drugs, which posses antioxidant, antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic, anti inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, antiulcer, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective role...
May 19, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738710/use-of-traditional-herbal-medicine-as-an-alternative-in-dental-treatment-in-mexican-dentistry-a-review
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Cindy Cruz Martínez, Martha Diaz Gómez, Myung Sook Oh
CONTEXT: Herbal therapies are used worldwide to treat health conditions. In Mexico, generations have used them to treat gingivitis, periodontitis, mouth infections, and discoloured teeth. However, few studies have collected scientific evidence on their effects. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at searching and compiling scientific evidence of alternative oral and dental treatments using medicinal herbs from Mexico. METHODS: We collected various Mexican medicinal plants used in the dental treatment from the database of the Institute of Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738286/emodin-suppresses-cadmium-induced-osteoporosis-by-inhibiting-osteoclast-formation
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Xiao Chen, Shuai Ren, Guoying Zhu, Zhongqiu Wang, Xiaolin Wen
Environmental level of cadmium (Cd) exposure can induce bone loss. Emodin, a naturally compound found in Asian herbal medicines, could influence osteoblast/osteoclast differentiation. However, the effects of emodin on Cd-induced bone damage are not clarified. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of emodin on Cd-induced osteoporosis. Sprague-Dawley male rats were divided into three groups which were given 0mg/L, 50mg Cd/L and 50mg Cd/L plus emodin (50mg/kg body weight). Bone histological investigation, microCT analysis, metabolic biomarker determination and immunohistochemical staining were performed at the 12th week...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735729/protective-effects-of-flavonoids-isolated-from-korean-milk-thistle-cirsium-japonicum-var-maackii-maxim-matsum-on-tert-butyl-hydroperoxide-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-hepg2-cells
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Hyun Ah Jung, Qudeer Ahmed Abdul, Jeong Su Byun, Eun-Ji Joung, Wi-Gyeong Gwon, Min-Sup Lee, Hyeung-Rak Kim, Jae Sue Choi
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Milk thistle leaves and flowers have been traditionally used as herbal remedy to alleviate liver diseases for decades. Korean milk thistle, Cirsium japonicum var. maackii (Maxim.) Matsum has been employed in traditional folk medicine as diuretic, antiphlogistic, hemostatic, and detoxifying agents. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of current investigation was to evaluate hepatoprotective properties of the MeOH extract of the roots, stems, leaves and flowers of Korean milk thistle as well as four isolated flavonoids, luteolin, luteolin 5-O-glucoside, apigenin and apigenin 7-O-glucuronide during t-BHP-induced oxidative stress in HepG2 cells...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732812/extracts-and-compounds-active-on-trp-ion-channels-from-waldheimia-glabra-a-ritual-medicinal-plant-from-himalaya
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Annamaria Giorgi, Angela Bassoli, Gigliola Borgonovo, Sara Panseri, Alessandra Manzo, Daniela Pentimalli, Aniello Schiano Moriello, Luciano De Petrocellis
BACKGROUND: Waldheimia glabra (Decne.) Regel is a wild plant from the Himalayan Mountains, commonly known as Smooth Ground Daisy. This plant is traditionally used by local populations in religious rituals (incense) or in traditional herbal medicine to treat skin diseases, headache, joint pain and fever. In literature few data are available on the investigation of this aromatic plant. PURPOSE: The present work aims at deepening knowledge about the chemical composition of W...
August 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725632/medicinal-importance-pharmacological-activities-and-analytical-aspects-of-hispidulin-a-concise-report
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REVIEW
Kanika Patel, Dinesh Kumar Patel
Herbal medicines have been played an important role in the human civilization since very ancient time as a food, cloth, medicine and other aspects. Some of the important drugs in the modern medicine were derived from the natural sources such as aspirin, digitalis, quinine, vincristine, vinblastine etc. Hispidulin (4', 5, 7-trihydroxy-6-methoxyflavone) is a flavones derivative found in plant such as Grindelia argentina, Arrabidaea chica, Saussurea involucrate, Crossostephium chinense, Artemisia and Salvia species...
July 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724259/herbal-pre-conditioning-induces-proliferation-and-delays-senescence-in-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Avinash Sanap, Bhawna Chandravanshi, Tejas Shah, Girish Tillu, Anand Dhanushkodi, Ramesh Bhonde, Kalpana Joshi
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are multipotent stem cells which are being explored for various clinical applications. Isolation and in-vitro expansion of MSCs remain important in achieving desired cell number for the therapy. However, in-vitro proliferation of MSCs is often associated with senescence and early onset of apoptosis which limits its therapeutic ability and long term clinical use. Tinospora cordifolia and Withania somnifera are used widely in Ayurveda: the traditional Indian system of medicine and are reported to have rejuvenating and anti-aging potential...
September 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721651/in-vitro-anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-activities-of-3-5-4-trihydroxy-6-7-methylenedioxyflavone-o-glycosides-and-their-aglycone-from-leaves-of-polygonum-tinctorium-lour
#17
Shota Tokuyama-Nakai, Hideto Kimura, Tomoe Ishihara, Mitsuo Jisaka, Kazushige Yokota
Polygonum tinctorium Lour (indigo plant) has been regarded as a useful medicinal plant for traditional herbal medicine. The polyphenolic fraction of indigo leaves exhibited anti-inflammatory activities as determined by the suppressed synthesis of nitric oxide (NO) in cultured RAW264 macrophage cells. The acid hydrolysate of the fraction showed much more potent effect than the unhydrolyzed one. In sharp contrast, those fractions of indigo stems had almost no effect. 3,5,4'-Trihydroxy-6,7-methylenedioxyflavone (TMF)-O-glycosides and tryptanthrin were detected exclusively in the extracts of the leaves...
July 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720944/evaluation-of-the-chemical-composition-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-distillate-and-residue-fractions-of-sweet-basil-essential-oil
#18
Hailong Li, Yanhui Ge, Zhimin Luo, Yulan Zhou, Xuguang Zhang, Junqing Zhang, Qiang Fu
In this study, the chemical composition and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L. Lamiaceae family) were evaluated. Sweet basil is a food-related plant that is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. Sweet basil crude oil was processed via molecular distillation and further characterized using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to screen for new compounds. The GC-MS analysis identified thirty-eight compounds. The major constituents of the residue fraction were estragole (17...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716572/dpph-hplc-ms-assisted-rapid-identification-of-endothelial-protective-substances-from-xiao-ke-an
#19
Zhenzhong Yang, Zhenhao Li, Zheng Li
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Xiao-Ke-An formula (XKA) is a Chinese medicine widely used for treating diabetes and associated complications. Endothelial protection is thought to be one of its therapeutic mechanisms. However, the protective effect of XKA on endothelial cells remains unclear, especially in oxidative injury induced endothelial dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A novel strategy to rapidly screen and identify potential endothelial protective substances from XKA was established by combining the 2,2'-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl high performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (DPPH-HPLC-MS) approach with cell-based verification...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714500/exploring-the-immunomodulatory-and-anticancer-properties-of-zerumbone
#20
REVIEW
Md Areeful Haque, Ibrahim Jantan, Laiba Arshad, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari
Plant-derived immunomodulators and anti-cancer agents have attracted a lot of interest from natural product scientists for their efficacy and safety and their significant contribution towards understanding targeted drug action and drug delivery mechanisms. Zerumbone, the main constituent of Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes, has been investigated for its wide-spectrum role in treating multitargeted diseases. The rhizomes have been used as food flavoring agents in various cuisines and in herbal medicine. Many in vivo and in vitro studies have provided evidence of zerumbone as a potent immunomodulator as well as a potential anti-cancer agent...
July 17, 2017: Food & Function
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