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Herbal remedies

Shobhit Srivastava, Anil K Saksena, Sanjay Khattri, Santosh Kumar, Raghubendra Singh Dagur
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Curcuma longa L. (CL), an Indian herb, has been used to treat many disorders because of its wide spectrum of pharmacological activities. It has been shown to exhibit anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is being used as herbal remedy since ancient times. Osteoarthritis of knee (KOA) is a chronic painful disorder in which prolong use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or steroids may result into many serious side effects; hence, there is a need to develop herbal drugs, having good analgesia without side effects...
October 19, 2016: Inflammopharmacology
Anita Strezova, Sheila O'Neill, Cathy O'Callaghan, Astrid Perry, Jinzhu Liu, John Eden
OBJECTIVE: This study explored the attitudes to, and experience of, menopause among Macedonian women living in Australia, including attitudes and responses to hormone therapy (HT) and complementary therapies, as well as related psycho-sexual, relationship and other midlife issues. METHODS: Using qualitative methodology, the study was based on seven unstructured, nondirective group discussions. Natural social groups were recruited, meeting wherever each group felt most at home...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Shyamalima Gogoi, Arun K Yadav
BACKGROUND: Leaves of Caesalpinia bonducella (L.) Roxb. have been traditionally used as an herbal remedy to treat the intestinal helminthic infections in traditional medicine of India. AIM: This study was undertaken to evaluate the potential in vitro and in vivo anthelmintic effects of C. bonducella leaf extract against Syphacia obvelata (Nematoda) and Hymenolepis diminuta (Cestoda). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The in vitro anthelmintic activity of the extract was investigated on adult worms of S...
September 2016: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
Mi Hyang Ohh, Seong Jin Kim, Jong Kwon Han, Sok Cheon Pak, Kew-Mahn Chee
AIM: Uterine leiomyomas are the most common benign uterine neoplasms associated with significant morbidity. Herbal formulas capable of restoring yin-yang balance by dispersing blood stasis may be useful for managing fibroid symptoms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, the antitumor properties of three herbs viz., Trogopterus xanthipes Milen-Edwards, Paeonia lactiflora Pallas, and Ulmus davidiana Planch were evaluated in nude mice injected intravenously with human malignant myomas...
September 2016: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
Devendra Kumar, Neerja Trivedi, Rakesh K Dixit
AIMS/BACKGROUND: This study was to investigated the synergistic effect of polyherbal formulations (PHF) of Allium sativum L., Eugenia jambolana Lam., Momordica charantia L., Ocimum sanctum Linn., and Psidium guajava L. in the inhibition/induction of hepatic and intestinal cytochrome P450 (CYPs) and Phase-II conjugated drug metabolizing enzymes (DMEs). Consumption of these herbal remedy has been extensively documented for diabetes treatment in Ayurveda. METHODOLOGY: PHF of these five herbs was prepared, and different doses were orally administered to Sprague-Dawley rats of different groups except control group...
September 2016: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
Serena Stigliano, Livia Archibugi, Giulia Zerboni, Gianfranco Delle Fave, Gabriele Capurso
BACKGROUND: Herbal remedies and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are used by 30% of the patients with liver and inflammatory bowel diseases. However, there are no data regarding CAM use in patients with pancreatic disorders, including potential pancreatotoxicity. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of CAM use in patients with pancreatic disorders and screen for pancreatotoxicity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional survey of consecutive outpatients seen at a Pancreas Center...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Ghulam Dastagir, Muhammad Afzal Rizvi
Medicinal plants are being used for treating various diseases. According to World Health Organization 80% of the world population depends on indigenous medicinal plant remedies. Herbal medicine employs fruits, vegetables, as dry materials or their extracts for the treatment of different diseases and health maintenance. Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice) has been used in Europe since prehistoric times. It is well documented in written form starting with the ancient Greeks. Glycyrrhizin is the major active constituent obtained from liquorice roots, one of the most widely used in herbal preparations for the treatment of liver complaints...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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
Mayuree Kanlayavattanakul, Nattaya Lourith, Puxvadee Chaikul
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: While rice is one of the most important global staple food sources its extracts have found many uses as the bases of herbal remedies. Rice extracts contain high levels of phenolic compounds which are known to be bioactive, some of which show cutaneous benefits and activity towards skin disorders. This study highlights an assessment of the cellular activity and clinical efficacy of rice panicle extract, providing necessary information relevant to the development of new cosmetic products...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Miriam E Mossoba, Thomas J Flynn, Sanah Vohra, Paddy Wiesenfeld, Robert L Sprando
A recent surge in the use of dietary supplements, including herbal remedies, necessitates investigations into their safety profiles. "Dream herb," Calea zacatechichi, has long been used in traditional folk medicine for a variety of purposes and is currently being marketed in the US for medicinal purposes, including diabetes treatment. Despite the inherent vulnerability of the renal system to xenobiotic toxicity, there is a lack of safety studies on the nephrotoxic potential of this herb. Additionally, the high frequency of diabetes-associated kidney disease makes safety screening of C...
2016: Journal of Toxicology
Asmaa I Owis, Amira M Abo-Youssef, Ahmed H Osman
Cordia boissieri A. DC. (Boraginaceae) is traditionally used as an herbal remedy for diabetes by Hispanic women in Southwestern USA. A recent investigation showed the significant protective effect of ethyl acetate extract against metabolic syndrome (MS). However, the corresponding active principles responsible for this effect and relations between their structure and biological actions remain unclear. Thus, ethyl acetate extract was subjected to column chromatography, which yielded seven compounds identified on the basis of spectroscopic data as rutin, hesperidin, kaempferol-3-O-β-d-glucopyranoside, rosmarinic acid, β-sitosterol-3-O-β-d-glucopyranoside, quercetin, and kaempferol...
October 4, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
Meng-Hsien Chuang, Jinghua Tsai Chang, Li-Jin Hsu, Ming-Shiou Jan, Fung-Jou Lu
JC-001 is a Chinese medicine that has been used to treat liver disease; however, its significance in cancer treatment has not been characterized. In this study, we used an immunocompetent tumor model to characterize the antitumor activity of JC-001. A total of 48 Hepa 1-6 tumor-bearing C57BL/6 mice were randomly grouped into 4 groups and treated with H2O or JC-001 via oral administration. After hepatoma cell lines, including HepG2, Hep3B, SK-Hep-1, and Hepa 1-6, underwent 96 hours of JC-001 treatment, a low cytotoxic effect was observed...
October 3, 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
Ekta Gupta, Linda A Lee
Chronic nausea and vomiting, whether or not associated with gastroparesis, are among the most difficult symptoms to manage. Patients typically undergo extensive evaluation and empiric treatment often with suboptimal results. Conventional therapies may not produce adequate symptom relief or may cause unacceptable side effects. Thus, it is not surprising that patients report a negative impact on well-being, since the intermittent or constant occurrence of these symptoms are a source of anxiety as they impact social interactions and ability to work...
October 1, 2016: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
Oliver T R Toovey, Ian R Edmond, Nikolaos Makris
A 47-year-old woman presented with seizures secondary to euvolaemic hyponatraemia. A collateral history revealed recent increased oral fluid intake and increased use of herbal remedies including valerian root over the New Year period. There was no history of psychiatric disease to support psychogenic polydipsia. She responded to careful sodium replacement in the intensive care unit and was discharged with no neurological sequelae.
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Yuanyuan Sun, Xuepeng Gong, Jia Y Tan, Lifeng Kang, Dongyan Li, Vikash, Jihong Yang, Guang Du
The root of Rubia cordifolia has been used traditionally as a hemostatic agent, while the aerial part of the plant consisting of leaf and stem is known to exhibit anti-diarrheal properties and has been widely used as a remedy in many parts of China. As rotavirus is one of the most commonly associated diarrhea-causing pathogen, this study aims to investigate the anti-rotaviral effect of R. cordifolia aerial part (RCAP). The cytotoxicity of RCAP toward MA-104 cells was evaluated using the WST-8 assay. Colloidal gold method and real time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay were used to confirm the findings of the antiviral assay...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Roman Pavela, Filippo Maggi, Hélène Mbuntcha, Verlaine Woguem, Hervet Paulin Dongmo Fogang, Hilaire Macaire Womeni, Léon Azefack Tapondjou, Luciano Barboni, Marcello Nicoletti, Angelo Canale, Giovanni Benelli
In Cameroon, many dietary spices are used by traditional healers to cure several diseases such as cancer and microbial infections. Aframomum daniellii, Dichrostachys cinerea and Echinops giganteus are Cameroonian spices widely used as flavourings and as food additives. Moreover, they are traditionally herbal remedies employed to treat several diseases, as well as to control populations of insect pests. In this research, we analysed the chemical composition of A. daniellii, D. cinerea and E. giganteus essential oils and we evaluated their larvicidal potential against larvae of the filariasis and West Nile virus vector Culex quinquefasciatus...
September 28, 2016: Parasitology Research
Guilin Chen, Xun Li, Flora Saleri, Mingquan Guo
Rhamnus davurica Pall. (R. davurica) has been used as a traditional medicinal herb for many years in China and abroad. It has been well documented as a rich source of flavonoids with diversified structures, which in turn results in far-ranging biological activities, such as anti-inflammation, anticancer, antibacterial and antioxidant activities. In order to further correlate their anticancer potentials with the phytochemical components, the fingerprint profile of R. davurica herb from Dongbei was firstly investigated using HPLC-ESI-MS/MS...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Eran Ben-Arye, Shoshana Keren Rosenberg, Noah Samuels
Oncologists are frequently asked about herbal remedies claiming to "cure" cancer, or at least delay its progression. While complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) should be aimed primarily at improving quality-of-life (QOL) related concerns, "wonder cures" are part of an alternative health belief model providing hope for a "miracle" where conventional treatment has failed. We describe a physician with extensive small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) undergoing chemotherapy, with significant toxicities and impaired daily function...
August 2016: Translational Lung Cancer Research
Preetham Elumalai, Sreeja Lakshmi
Neurodegenerative disorders are often life threatening and hired as an economic burden to the health-care system. Nutritional interventions principally involving polyphenols were practiced to arrest or reverse the age-related health disorders. Flavonoids, a class of dietary polyphenols, are rising to superstardom in preventing brain disorders with their potent antioxidant defense mechanism. Quercetin is a ubiquitous flavonoid reported to have all-natural myriad of health benefits. Citrus fruits, apple, onion, parsley, berries, green tea, and red wine comprise the major dietary supplements of quercetin apart from some herbal remedies like Ginkgo biloba...
2016: Advances in Neurobiology
Francisca Kama-Kama, Jacob Midiwo, Joseph Nganga, Naomi Maina, Elise Schiek, Leonidah Kerubo Omosa, George Osanjo, Jan Naessens
ETHNOPHARMOCOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Members of 'Mycoplasma mycoides cluster' are important ruminant pathogens in Africa. Diseases caused by these Mycoplasma negatively affect the agricultural sector especially in developing countries through losses in livestock productivity, mortality and international trade restrictions. There is therefore urgent need to develop antimicrobials from alternative sources such as medicinal plants to curb these diseases. In Kenya, smallholder farmers belonging to the Maasai, Kuria and Luo rely on traditional Kenyan herbals to treat respiratory symptoms in ruminants...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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