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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348717/high-performance-liquid-chromatography-analysis-of-phytosterols-in-panax-ginseng-root-grown-under-different-conditions
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Dong Gu Lee, Jaemin Lee, Kyung-Tack Kim, Sang-Won Lee, Young-Ock Kim, Ik-Hyun Cho, Hak-Jae Kim, Chun-Gun Park, Sanghyun Lee
Background: The Panax ginseng plant is used as an herbal medicine. Phytosterols of P. ginseng have inhibitory effects on inflammation-related factors in HepG2 cells. Methods: Phytosterols (e.g., stigmasterol and β-sitosterol) in the roots of P. ginseng grown under various conditions were analyzed using high-performance liquid chromatography. The P. ginseng roots analyzed in this study were collected from three cultivation areas in Korea (i.e., Geumsan, Yeongju, and Jinan) and differed by cultivation year (i...
January 2018: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344421/anti-aging-implications-of-astragalus-membranaceus-huangqi-a-well-known-chinese-tonic
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REVIEW
Ping Liu, Haiping Zhao, Yumin Luo
Owing to a dramatic increase in average life expectancy and the Family Planning program of the 1970s - 1990s, China is rapidly becoming an aging society. Therefore, the investigation of healthspan-extending drugs becomes more urgent. Astragalus membranaceus (Huangqi) is a major medicinal herb that has been commonly used in many herbal formulations in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat a wide variety of diseases and body disorders, or marketed as life-prolonging extracts for human use in China, for more than 2000 years...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344414/herba-cistanches-anti-aging
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REVIEW
Ningqun Wang, Shaozhen Ji, Hao Zhang, Shanshan Mei, Lumin Qiao, Xianglan Jin
The Cistanche species ("Rou Cong Rong" in Chinese) is an endangered wild species growing in arid or semi-arid areas. The dried fleshy stem of Cistanches has been used as a tonic in China for many years. Modern pharmacological studies have since demonstrated that Herba Cistanches possesses broad medicinal functions, especially for use in anti-senescence, anti-oxidation, neuroprotection, anti-inflammation, hepatoprotection, immunomodulation, anti-neoplastic, anti-osteoporosis and the promotion of bone formation...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344328/management-of-functional-dyspepsia-state-of-the-art-and-emerging-therapies
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Yamawaki, Seiji Futagami, Mako Wakabayashi, Noriko Sakasegawa, Shuhei Agawa, Kazutoshi Higuchi, Yasuhiro Kodaka, Katsuhiko Iwakiri
Patients with functional dyspepsia, defined in the 2016 Rome IV criteria as bothersome clinical dyspepsia symptoms, experience markedly reduced quality of life. Several etiologies have been associated with the disorder. In the Rome IV criteria, the brain-gut axis was acknowledged as an important factor in the etiology of functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. The distinct subgroups of functional dyspepsia, epigastric pain syndrome (EPS) and postprandial distress syndrome (PDS), are treated differently: acid secretion inhibitors are recommended with patients with EPS, whereas prokinetic drugs as mosapride and acotiamide are recommended for patients with PDS...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342955/pharmacokinetics-of-schizandrin-and-its-pharmaceutical-products-assessed-using-a-validated-lc-ms-ms-method
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Chi-Lin Li, Yung-Yi Cheng, Chen-Hsi Hsieh, Tung-Hu Tsai
Schisandra chinensis has been used as an important component in various prescriptions in traditional Chinese medicine and, more recently, in Western-based medicine for its anti-hepatotoxic effect. The aim of this study was to develop a selective, rapid, and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for pharmacokinetic studies of schizandrin in rats. Liquid-liquid extraction was used for plasma sample preparation. A UHPLC reverse-phase C18e column (100 mm × 2.1 mm, 2 μm) coupled with a mobile phase of methanol-0...
January 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341952/a-pharmacological-review-leptadenia-reticulata-wight-arn-jivanti-the-real-life-giving-plant
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Jayesh M Dhalani, Pankaj B Nariya
The present review reveals a comprehensive description of various pharmacological studies carried out on Leptadenia reticulata, a source of several active compounds, i.e. Leptadenia reticulata plant belonging to family Asclepiadaceae, it is also known as 'Jivanti', used for the treatment of various ailments in human civilization as well as used in folk medicine as a remedy in various reported herbal formulations. The plant has been found to exhibit diverse pharmacological activities like antibacterial activity, anticancer activity, lactogenic eff ect, antioxidant activity, anti-implantation activity, anti-asthmatic activity, modulating eff ect, activity of silver nano particles, hepatoprotective activity, antifungal activity, antidiabetic activity and anti-infl ammatory activity...
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339968/analysis-of-questions-about-use-of-drugs-in-breastfeeding-to-norwegian-drug-information-centres
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Jan Anker Jahnsen, Sofia Frost Widnes, Jan Schjøtt
Background: Health professionals may advise women to either stop breastfeeding or drug treatment due to restrictive advice in drug monographs. Regional medicines information and pharmacovigilance centres in Norway (RELIS) provide free and industry-independent answers to questions about drugs and breastfeeding documented in a full-text, searchable database (RELIS database). We used the RELIS database to describe which health care practitioners sought information about medication safety in lactation, most common drugs involved, advice provided and which resources were used to provide the advice...
2018: International Breastfeeding Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336734/the-relationship-between-women-s-characteristics-and-herbal-medicines-use-during-pregnancy
#8
Fatemeh Abdollahi, Jamshid Yazdani Cherati
The use of herbal medicines (HM) has been increasing worldwide. This cross-sectional study investigated the prevalence of and characteristics related to use of HM among 320 pregnant women. Participants were admitted to Mazandaran-based hospitals' postnatal wards from March to June 2015. Data were collected via a self-report questionnaire, including herbs used during pregnancy and demographic, socioeconomic and pregnancy-related factors. Nearly half (48.4%) of the women reported taking one or more HM during pregnancy...
January 16, 2018: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336472/baicalin-increases-hair-follicle-development-by-increasing-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-catenin-signaling-and-activating-dermal-papillar-cells-in-mice
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Fei Xing, Wen-Juan Yi, Fang Miao, Meng-Yun Su, Tie-Chi Lei
Baicalin is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine commonly used for hair loss, the precise molecular mechanism of which is unknown. In the present study, the mechanism of baicalin was investigated via the topical application of baicalin to reconstituted hair follicles on mice dorsa and evaluating the effect on canonical Wnt/β‑catenin signaling in the hair follicles and the activity of dermal papillar cells. The results indicate that baicalin stimulates the expression of Wnt3a, Wnt5a, frizzled 7 and disheveled 2 whilst inhibiting the Axin/casein kinase 1α/adenomatous polyposis coli/glycogen synthase kinase 3β degradation complex, leading to accumulation of β‑catenin and activation of Wnt/β‑catenin signaling...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336271/anti-inflammatory-drugs-and-herbs-with-special-emphasis-on-herbal-medicines-for-countering-inflammatory-diseases-and-disorders-a-review
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Mohd Iqbal Yatoo, Arumugam Gopalakrishnan, Archana Saxena, Oveas Rafiq Parray, Noore Alam Tufani, Sandip Chakraborty, Ruchi Tiwari, Kuldeep Dhama, Hafiz M N Iqbal
BACKGROUND: Diseases with inflammatory etiopathology have increased in incidence in recent times. Drugs used for therapeutic management of such inflammatory diseases are relieving the ailment but at the same time also countering serious life-threatening consequences. Moreover, they are costly and rarely available at all places. In this context, research and development on medicinal herbs have opened a new era in the prophylactic and therapeutic management of inflammatory diseases. OBJECTIVE: To highlight the importance of anti-inflammatory medicine-synthetic drugs and natural herbs, their constituents, mechanism of action, benefits, side effects and future prospects...
January 15, 2018: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336250/colchicum-genus-in-the-writings-of-ancient-greek-and-byzantine-physicians
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Gregory Tsoucalas, Theodoros Papaioannou, George Panayiotakopoulos, Zenia Saridaki, Dimitrios A Vrachatis, Marianna Karamanou
The plants of the Colchicum family were known during the archaic period in Greece for their deleterious properties. Later on, they were used for the treatment of podagra. The treatment was introduced by the ancient Greek physicians and passed on to the Byzantine and Arabian physicians to endure until nowadays. The first plant was most probably named "Medea" from the notorious Colchican witch. As the most common member of the family blossoms in autumn, the plant was named Colchicum autumnale. Various nominations were also used, such as Ephemeron, Hermodactyl, Anima articulorum and Surugen...
January 14, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335861/alterations-of-gefitinib-pharmacokinetics-by-co-administration-of-herbal-medications-in-rats
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Kwon-Yeon Weon, Min Gi Kim, Soyoung Shin, Tae Hwan Kim, Sang Hoon Joo, Eunsook Ma, Seok Won Jeong, Sun Dong Yoo, Yu Seok Youn, Beom Soo Shin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential pharmacokinetic interactions of the anticancer agent gefifitinib (Iressa®) and the oriental medications Guipi Decoction (, GPD, Guibi-tang in Korean) and Bawu Decoction (, BWD, Palmul-tang in Korean). METHODS: Methylcellulose (MC, control), GPD (1,200 mg/kg), or BWD (6,000 mg/kg) was orally administered to rats either as a single dose or multiple doses prior to gefitinib administration. To examine the effects of a single dose of the herbal medicines, gefifitinib (10 mg/kg) was orally administered after 5 min or 1 h of MC or the herbal medicine pretreatments...
January 15, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333379/broccoli-brassica-oleracea-reduces-oxidative-damage-to-pancreatic-tissue-and-combats-hyperglycaemia-in-diabetic-rats
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Sithara Suresh, Mostafa Ibrahim Waly, Mohammad Shafiur Rahman, Nejib Guizani, Mohamed Abdullah Badar Al-Kindi, Halima Khalfan Ahmed Al-Issaei, Sultan Nasser Mohd Al-Maskari, Bader Rashid Said Al-Ruqaishi, Ahmed Al-Salami
Oxidative stress plays a pivotal role in the development of diabetes and hyperglycaemia. The protective effects of natural extracts against diabetes are mainly dependent on their antioxidant and hypoglycaemic properties. Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) exerts beneficial health effects in several diseases including diabetes; however, the mechanism has not been elucidated yet. The present study was carried out to evaluate the potential hypoglycaemic and antioxidant properties of aqueous broccoli extracts (BEs) in diabetic rats...
December 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332820/a-strategy-for-screening-of-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitors-from-morus-alba-root-bark-based-on-the-ligand-fishing-combined-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometer-and-molecular-docking
#14
Zhen Wang, Xiaoqing Li, Menghan Chen, Feiyan Liu, Chao Han, Lingyi Kong, Jianguang Luo
A new method based on ligand fishing combined with high-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometer and molecular docking was established to screen α-glucosidase inhibitors from a traditional Chinese medicine Morus alba root bark. α-Glucosidase was immobilized on magnetic nanoparticles, used as a solid support to incubate with crude extract. After ligand fishing, the eluates were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometer, obtaining eleven ligands (1-4, 6-12) eventually...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332222/efficacy-of-crocus-sativus-saffron-in-treatment-of-major-depressive-disorder-associated-with-post-menopausal-hot-flashes-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Ladan Kashani, Sophia Esalatmanesh, Farzaneh Eftekhari, Samrand Salimi, Tahereh Foroughifar, Farnaz Etesam, Hamideh Safiaghdam, Ehsan Moazen-Zadeh, Shahin Akhondzadeh
PURPOSE: Due to concerns regarding the side effects of hormone therapy, many studies have focused on the development of non-hormonal agents for treatment of hot flashes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of saffron (stigma of Crocus sativus) in treatment of major depressive disorder associated with post-menopausal hot flashes. METHODS: Sixty women with post-menopausal hot flashes participated in this study. The patients randomly received either saffron (30 mg/day, 15 mg twice per day) or placebo for 6 weeks...
January 13, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332034/microhemodynamic-indices-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-of-herbal-medicine-in-diabetes-a-comparison-between-alpha-mangostin-and-curcumin-in-the-retina-of-type-2-diabetic-rats
#16
Amporn Jariyapongskul, Chonticha Areebambud, Niimi Hideyuki
OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to develop microhemodynamic indices to evaluate the effectiveness of herbal medicine in diabetic tissues. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: normal control rats (Control), type 2 diabetic rats without (DM2) and with supplementation of alpha mangostin (DM2-MG) or curcumin (DM2-CUR). Alpha-mangostin or curcumin (200 mg/kg BW) were fed followed by i.p. injection of streptozotocin (STZ). Mean arterial pressure (MAP) and retinal blood flow (RBF) were measured and retinal flow resistance (RFR) was calculated...
January 10, 2018: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331903/rapid-structure-prediction-by-hplc-esi-msn-of-twenty-five-polyoxypregnane-tetraglycosides-from-dregea-sinensis-with-nmr-confirmation-of-eight-structures
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Juan Song, Rongji Dai, Yulin Deng, Fang Lv
Dregea sinensis Hemsl is an important herbal medicine in the Dai nationality of China. Its prominent clinical application has generated interest in the polyoxypregnane glycosides of the plant. This paper describes an extension of previous research on the polyoxypregnane di- and triglycosides of D. sinensis, aiming at identifying related tetraglycosides. On the basis of HPLC-ESI-MSn analysis in positive mode, twenty-five previously undescribed polyoxypregnane tetraglycosides were characterized (regarding molecular masses and fragmentation in MSn) from an ethyl acetate fraction that was not previously investigated...
January 11, 2018: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331654/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-metabolic-activation-of-rhein-and-characterization-of-glutathione-conjugates-derived-from-rhein
#18
Yang Xu, Xu Mao, Boyang Qin, Ying Peng, Jiang Zheng
Rhein (RH), 4,5-dihydroxyanthrauinone-2-carboxylic acid, is found in rhubarb (Dahuang), a traditional herbal medicine. RH has reportedly demonstrated multiple pharmacologic properties. Previous studies have also shown that RH induced hepatotoxicity, but the mechanisms of the adverse effect remain unknown. The major objective of the present study was to study the metabolic pathways of RH in order to identify potential reactive metabolites. One mono-hydroxylation metabolite (M1) was detected in urine and bile of rats given RH...
January 10, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330687/evaluation-of-the-mitochondria-related-redox-and-bioenergetics-effects-of-gastrodin-in-sh-sy5y-cells-exposed-to-hydrogen-peroxide
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Marcos Roberto de Oliveira, Flávia Bittencourt Brasil, Cristina Ribas Fürstenau
Mitochondrion is the main site of ATP production in animal cells and also orchestrates signaling pathways associated with cell survival and death. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to bioenergetics and redox impairment in human diseases, such as neurodegeneration and cardiovascular disease. Protective agents able to attenuate mitochondrial impairment are of pharmacological interest. Gastrodin (GAS; 4-hydroxybenzyl alcohol 4-O-beta-D-glucoside) is a phenolic glucoside obtained from the Chinese herbal medicine Gastrodia elata Blume and exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiapoptotic effects in several cell types...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329891/medical-use-of-cannabis-and-cannabinoids-containing-products-regulations-in-europe-and-north-america
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REVIEW
Ran Abuhasira, Liat Shbiro, Yuval Landschaft
In 1937, the United States of America criminalized the use of cannabis and as a result its use decreased rapidly. In recent decades, there is a growing interest in the wide range of medical uses of cannabis and its constituents; however, the laws and regulations are substantially different between countries. Laws differentiate between raw herbal cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabinoid-based medicines. Both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not approve the use of herbal cannabis or its extracts...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
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