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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110281/incidence-risk-factors-and-risk-prediction-of-hospital-acquired-suspected-adverse-drug-reactions-a-prospective-cohort-of-ugandan-inpatients
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Ronald Kiguba, Charles Karamagi, Sheila M Bird
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence and risk factors of hospital-acquired suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) among Ugandan inpatients. We also constructed risk scores to predict and qualitatively assess for peculiarities between low-risk and high-risk ADR patients. METHODS: Prospective cohort of consented adults admitted on medical and gynaecological wards of the 1790-bed Mulago National Referral Hospital. Hospital-acquired suspected ADRs were dichotomised as possible (possible/probable/definite) or not and probable (probable/definite) or not, using the Naranjo scale...
January 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109818/identification-of-a-compound-isolated-from-german-chamomile-matricaria-chamomilla-with-dermal-sensitization-potential
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Cristina Avonto, Diego Rua, Pradeep B Lasonkar, Amar G Chittiboyina, Ikhlas A Khan
German chamomile is one of the most popular herbal ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products. Allergic skin reactions following topical application of German chamomile have been occasionally reported, although it is not fully understood which of the chemical constituents is responsible for this adverse effect. In the present work, three candidate sensitizers were isolated from German chamomile based on activity-guided fractionation of chamomile extracts tested using the in vitro KeratinoSens™ assay...
January 18, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109809/potent-inhibition-of-monoamine-oxidase-a-by-decursin-from-angelica-gigas-nakai-and-by-wogonin-from-scutellaria-baicalensis-georgi
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Hyun Woo Lee, Hyung Won Ryu, Myung-Gyun Kang, Daeui Park, Hanna Lee, Heung Mook Shin, Sei-Ryang Oh, Hoon Kim
During the ongoing search for new monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, five coumarin derivatives and eight flavonoids were isolated from the roots of Angelica gigas Nakai and Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, respectively. Of the phytochemicals, decursin (4) was found to potently and selectively inhibit human MAO-A (IC50=1.89μM). The IC50 value of 4 for MAO-A belonged to the lowest group in herbal sources and was similar to that of toloxatone (1.78μM), a marketed drug. Wogonin (11) effectively inhibited MAO-A and MAO-B (IC50=6...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108910/non-scientific-classification-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-as-dietary-supplement
#4
Kexin Bao
This article focuses the category status of Chinese herbal medicine in the United States where it has been mistakenly classified as a dietary supplement. According to Yellow Emperor Canon of Internal Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing), clinical treatment in broad sense is to apply certain poisonous medicines to fight against pathogeneses, by which all medicines have certain toxicity and side effect. From ancient times to modern society, all, or at least most, practitioners have used herbal medicine to treat patients' medical conditions...
January 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108383/traditional-uses-of-medicinal-plants-reported-by-the-indigenous-communities-and-local-herbal-practitioners-of-bajaur-agency-federally-administrated-tribal-areas-pakistan
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Muhammad Abdul Aziz, Amir Hasan Khan, Muhammad Adnan, Izatullah Izatullah
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: In the study area, knowledge related to the traditional uses of medicinal plants is totally in the custody of elder community members and local herbalists. The younger generation is unaware of the traditional knowledge, however with only few exceptions. Therefore, this study was planned with objective to document the medicinal importance of plants, conserve this precious indigenous knowledge, and share it among other communities through published literature...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108380/the-taste-of-heat-how-humoral-qualities-act-as-a-cultural-filter-for-chemosensory-properties-guiding-herbal-medicine
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Matthias S Geck, Stefano Cabras, Laura Casu, Alberto J Reyes García, Marco Leonti
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Organoleptic properties, and more specifically chemosensory cues, have been shown to guide therapeutic applications of medicinal plants. Humoral qualities, on the other hand, are widely believed to be an abstract concept, mainly applied post hoc to validate therapy. However, the nexus between humoral qualities, chemosensory properties, and medicinal plant uses has never been systematically assessed. AIM OF THE STUDY: To systematically analyse the correlations between chemosensory properties, humoral qualities, and medicinal uses of selected botanical drugs...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107963/chromatographic-fingerprinting-as-a-strategy-to-identify-regulated-plants-in-illegal-herbal-supplements
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D Custers, N Van Praag, P Courselle, S Apers, E Deconinck
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sexual disorder characterized by the inability to achieve or maintain a sufficiently rigid erection. Despite the availability of non-invasive oral treatment options, many patients turn to herbal alternatives. Furthermore, herbal supplements are increasingly gaining popularity in industrialized countries and, as a consequence, quality control is a highly important issue. Unfortunately, this is not a simple task since plants are often crushed and mixed with other plants, which complicates their identification by usage of classical approaches such as microscopy...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107855/a-close-look-at-an-integrative-treatment-package-for-bell-s-palsy-in-korea
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Seung Min Kathy Lee, Suji Lee, Jun Hyeong Park, Jongbae J Park, Sanghoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of the integrative treatment package for Bell's palsy provided at Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital (KHU KMH). SUMMARY: The Facial Palsy Center at KHU KMH has been providing integrative treatment for Bell's palsy patients during the past three decades. Within 72 h of symptom onset, corticosteroids are recommended but complementary treatment including acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to help suppress inflammation and nerve degeneration...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107533/improvement-of-therapeutic-efficacy-of-oral-immunotherapy-in-combination-with-regulatory-t-cell-inducer-kakkonto-in-a-murine-food-allergy-model
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Yuka Nagata, Takeshi Yamamoto, Michie Hayashi, Shusaku Hayashi, Makoto Kadowaki
Oral immunotherapy (OIT) has been considered a promising approach for food allergies (FAs). However, the current OIT strategy is limited in terms of the long-term efficacy and safety. We have previously demonstrated that kakkonto, a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, suppresses the occurrence of allergic symptoms in a murine model of ovalbumin (OVA)-induced FA, which is attributed to the induction of the Foxp3+ CD4+ regulatory T cells. In this study, we established an OIT model using the FA mice with already established allergic symptoms and determined whether kakkonto could improve the efficacy of OIT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106556/an-improved-drugs-screening-system-reveals-that-baicalein-ameliorates-the-a%C3%AE-ampa-nmda-induced-depolarization-of-neurons
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Tian-Syuan Lin, Han-Jung Tsai, Chih-Han Lee, Yan-Qing Song, Rih-Sheng Huang, Hsiu-Mei Hsieh-Li, Mei-Chih Liang, Yenshou Lin
The presence of amyloid-β (Aβ) plaque and tau protein hyperphosphorylation in brain tissue is the pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). At least some Aβ neurotoxicity is caused by the presence of excess glutamate that has been induced by Aβ accumulation. Memantine is currently the only NMDA receptor inhibitor approved for treating moderate-to-severe AD patients. We utilized primary cortical neurons and DiBAC4(3), a slow-response voltage sensitive fluorescence dye, to create a novel system for screening herbal medicines that allows the identification of pure compounds able to ameliorate Aβ-induced abnormal depolarization...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106337/in-vivo-metabolomic-interpretation-of-the-anti-obesity-effects-of-hyacinth-bean-dolichos-lablab-l-administration-in-high-fat-diet-mice
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Dong Ho Suh, Hye Won Lee, Eun Sung Jung, Digar Singh, Seung-Hyung Kim, Choong Hwan Lee
SCOPE: The esoteric anti-obesity effects of hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab L) have largely remained unexplored. Herein, we investigated the anti-obesity mechanisms of hyacinth bean compared to milk thistle, a natural herb employed for ameliorating obesity-related diseases, using high fat-diet (HFD) fed mice towards unfolding the perplexing mechanisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6J mice were orally administered hyacinth bean (25 mg/kg/day) and milk thistle (100 mg/kg/day) for 9 weeks along with HFD...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106336/quantitative-analysis-combined-with-chromatographic-fingerprint-and-antioxidant-activities-for-the-comprehensive-evaluation-of-compound-danshen-tablets
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Jiao Chen, Jiayue Gao, Guoxiang Sun
The composition of traditional Chinese medicine is extremely complex, so it is difficult to ensure quality consistency. We took Compound Danshen Tablets as the object of the study, by using high-performance liquid chromatography to establish multi-wavelength fusion fingerprints. Characteristic fingerprints of 30 batches of samples were generated at four wavelengths and evaluated by systematic quantified fingerprint method. An on-line antioxidant determination method was used for the determination of the antioxidant components in Compound Danshen Tablets...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105124/cardioprotective-effects-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-guanmaitong-on-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Xing-Hua Wang, Guang-Ping Li, Wan-Song Yang, Zhan-Quan Jiao, Hong-Mei Liu, Yan-Ping Ni
Guanmaitong (GMT) is a traditional Chinese herbal compound that has been used for the treatment of coronary heart disease (CHD) and other cardiovascular diseases. However, the efficacy of GMT in treating cardiovascular diseases remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the protective mechanisms and identify the targeted proteins and signaling networks associated with the physiological activity of GMT in a rat model of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly allocated into five groups: Control group (sham-operated), the model group, and small, medium, and large dosage GMT groups...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104136/acute-calcineurin-inhibitor-nephrotoxicity-secondary-to-turmeric-intake-a-case-report
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A Nayeri, S Wu, E Adams, C Tanner, J Meshman, I Saini, W Reid
Tacrolimus, also known as FK-506, is a potent immunosuppressant agent with a host of drug-drug and food-drug interactions. We present the first case of a probable food-drug interaction between the herb turmeric and tacrolimus leading to acute calcineurin inhibitor nephrotoxicity. A 56-year-old man with a history of orthotopic liver transplantation presented to the emergency department from the clinic with worsening edema in the setting of an elevated creatinine level of 4.2 mg/dL. Before the current presentation, the patient had been recently discharged on a previously tolerated low-dose regimen of tacrolimus with a whole-blood tacrolimus level within the desired range...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103997/-evolution-and-quality-evaluation-of-gardenia-jasminoides-zhizi-of-successive-ages
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M Q Liu, H S Peng
In addition to its frequently-used antipyretic function, Gardenia jasminoides is also used in food or industrial dyeing. In ancient times, herbalists believed that the quality of Gardenia jasminoides for medical use was different from that for dye due to its different germplasm. Since the 1912, Gardenia jasminoides for dye was named "Shui(watery) Zhizi" in order to distinguish it from "Shan (hilly) Zhizi" . Henan was the earliest producing area for Gardenia jasminoides in ancient times, then after the Ming Dynasty, the producing area migrated to the Southern regions, including Jiangxi and Fujian Provinces...
September 28, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103978/-cosmetological-thinking-and-methods-in-tcm-in-the-sui-tang-dynasty
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Y J Wu
In the heyday of Chinese feudal society, women's status in the society of the Sui-Tang period was improved in the Tang Dynasty.The demand for female to stay young and anti-aging had attracted lots of attention in the society, thus providing a favorable social environment for the formation and development of Chinese herbal cosmetology. The important representative medical works on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) were published in the Sui and Tang Dynasties, such as Bei ji qian jin yao fang (Essential Recipes for Emergent Use Worth A Thousand Gold), Qian jin yi fang (Supplement to Recipes Worth A Thousand Gold), Wai tai mi yao (Arcane Essentials from the Imperial Library) etc...
November 28, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103860/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-among-patients-with-cancer-in-mongolia-a-national-hospital-survey
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Buyadaa Oyunchimeg, Jung Hye Hwang, Mansoor Ahmed, Soojeung Choi, Dongwoon Han
BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is popular in former Soviet Central Asian countries including Mongolia. However, no studies are available on CAM use among patients with cancer in countries of this region. The aim of this research is to describe the prevalence and patterns of CAM use by patients with cancer in Mongolia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted using data from 482 cancer patients attending the National Cancer Center in Mongolia from September 2015 to February 2016...
January 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103771/structure-based-study-of-natural-products-with-anti-schistosoma-activity
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Ibezim Akachukwu, Olujide Oludayo Olubiyi, Ata Kosisochukwu, Mbah Chika John, Nwodo Ngozi Justina
: Background Schistosomiasis is a parasitic protozoal disease caused by flatworms of the genus Schistosoma. Although the disease threatens millions of lives, it is still at the top list of neglected tropical diseases and praziquantel, the only common schistosocidal drug in use, has records of decreasing efficiency and cases of resistance. Also, reports revealed that people in the rural areas, who are most affected, rely mostly on traditional herbal medicines because of limited access to modern healthcare...
January 19, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102295/bioactive-compounds-and-antioxidant-activity-of-wolfberry-infusion
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Yujing Sun, Japaer Rukeya, Wenyang Tao, Peilong Sun, Xingqian Ye
An infusion of the wolfberry (Lycium barbarum L.) is a traditional Asian herbal tea. This is the most commonly consumed form of dried wolfberry worldwide, yet little scientific information on wolfberry infusions is available. We investigated the effects of making infusions with hot water on the color, the content of bioactive compounds (polysaccharides, polyphenols, flavonoids and carotenoids) and the antioxidant ability of wolfberry infusions. The contents of bioactive compounds and the antioxidant activity of a wolfberry infusion increased with increased infusion temperature and time...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101351/pro-inflammatory-effect-of-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-formula-with-potent-anti-cancer-activity-in-vitro-impedes-tumor-inhibitory-potential-in-vivo
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Lei Xia, Maksym Plachynta, Tangjingjun Liu, Xiao Xiao, Jialei Song, Xiaogang Li, Mu Zhang, Yao Yao, Heng Luo, Xiaojiang Hao, Yaacov Ben-David
Medicinal formulas are a part of the complex discipline of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries in China and East Asia. These formulas predominantly consist of the extracts isolated from herbal plants, animal parts and medicinal minerals. The present study aimed to investigate the impact of 150 formulas, used as non-prescription drugs in China, on the treatment of cancer. A formula was identified, C54, commonly used to treat sore throats, which exhibited marked growth inhibition in vitro, associated with cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
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