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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239782/inhibition-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-growth-by-selected-australian-plants-natural-approaches-for-the-prevention-and-management-of-ankylosing-spondylitis
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V Winnett, J Sirdaarta, A White, F M Clarke, I E Cock
A wide variety of herbal remedies are used in traditional Australian medicine to treat inflammatory disorders, including autoimmune inflammatory diseases. One hundred and six extracts from 40 native Australian plant species traditionally used for the treatment of inflammation and/or to inhibit bacterial growth were investigated for their ability to inhibit the growth of a microbial trigger for ankylosing spondylitis (K. pneumoniae). Eighty-six of the extracts (81.1%) inhibited the growth of K. pneumoniae. The D...
February 27, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224284/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-considerations-for-the-pharmacological-management-of-elderly-patients
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REVIEW
Sizheng Zhao, Fred Otieno, Asan Akpan, Robert J Moots
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are widely used by patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, a significant proportion of these patients do not inform their physicians. This has many potential implications in a group of predominantly elderly patients with altered pharmacokinetics, comorbidities and polypharmacy of potentially toxic drugs. CAM usage may affect compliance and pharmacokinetics of conventional therapy for RA and comorbidities; therefore, physicians should engage patients in dialogues regarding CAM usage...
February 21, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222891/coumarins-scaffolds-as-cox-inhibitors
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Hrishikesh Mohan Revankar, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari, Gajjela Bharath Kumar, Hua-Li Qin
The discovery of COX enzymes has led to a better understanding of inflammation and its related biological pathways. Apart from being related to inflammation and pain, it has also been associated with cancer and neuropsychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia. Proverbially speaking, study of these enzymes has been crucial as they happen to "have fingers in many pies". Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that act specifically as COX-2 inhibitors have been known for a while; however these are also associated with severe side effects such as cardiac problems...
February 9, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216951/a-qualitative-insight-on-complementary-and-alternative-medicines-used-by-hypertensive-patients
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Inas Rifaat Ibrahim, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Fahad Saleem, Haydar F Al Tukmagi
BACKGROUND: The self-treatment with complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) in chronic diseases is portraying an expanding trend worldwide. Yet, little is known concerning patients' motives to use CAM in the control of blood pressure. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to explore the self-use of CAM in the management of hypertension and explore patients' attitudes, perceived benefits, and disclosure to the physician. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A qualitative technique was adopted and face-to-face interviews, using a validated interview guide, were carried out among twenty hypertensive patients...
October 2016: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216196/hypericum-perforatum-st-john-s-wort-beyond-depression-a-therapeutic-perspective-for-pain-conditions
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REVIEW
Nicoletta Galeotti
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Hypericum perforatum L. (Hypericaceae), popularly called St. John's wort (SJW), has a rich historical background being one of the oldest used and most extensively investigated medicinal herbs. Many bioactivities and applications of SJW are listed in popular and in scientific literature, including antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory. In the last three decades many studies focused on the antidepressant activity of SJW extracts. However, several studies in recent years also described the antinociceptive and analgesic properties of SJW that validate the traditional uses of the plant in pain conditions...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211608/preclinical-characterisation-of-55p0251-a-novel-compound-that-amplifies-glucose-stimulated-insulin-secretion-and-counteracts-hyperglycaemia-in-rodents
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Karin Stadlbauer, Barbara Brunmair, Zsuzsanna Lehner, Immanuel Adorjan, Thomas Scherer, Anton Luger, Leonhardt Bauer, Clemens Fürnsinn
AIMS: 55P0251 is a novel compound with blood glucose lowering activity in mice, which has been developed from a molecular backbone structure found in herbal remedies. We here report its basic pharmacological attributes and initial progress in unmasking the mode of action. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pharmacokinetic properties of 55P0251 were portrayed in several species. First efforts to elucidate the glucose lowering mechanism in rodents included numerous experimental protocols dealing with glucose tolerance, insulin secretion from isolated pancreatic islets, and comparison to established drugs...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194217/schisandra-chinensis-and-morus-alba-synergistically-inhibit-in-vivo-thrombus-formation-and-platelet-aggregation-by-impairing-the-glycoprotein-vi-pathway
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Dong-Seon Kim, Muhammad Irfan, Yoon-Young Sung, Seung Hyung Kim, Sun Haeng Park, Young Hyun Choi, Man Hee Rhee, Ho Kyoung Kim
Morus alba L. (MAL) extract has been used in traditional medicine for its cardioprotective and antiplatelet effects, while another herbal remedy, Schisandra chinensis (SCC), has been reported to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. We evaluated underlying cellular changes exerted by extracts of these plants on platelet function and effects of SCC + MAL on in vivo thrombus formation using AV shunt and tail thrombosis-length models in rats. In vitro platelet aggregation, granule secretion, and [Ca(2+)] i release assays were carried out...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191804/does-alternative-and-traditional-wasam-local-cautery-therapy-facilitate-an-early-and-more-extensive-locoregional-metastasis-of-breast-cancer
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INTRODUCTION: A large heterogeneous group of unproven remedies exist to treat cancer in both developed and developing countries. Some of these remedies often do more harm than good to the patients. The traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures. The traditional medicine in Oman is based on herbal treatment and skin treatment (massage, Cupping and skin burn "cautery" treatment-known as Wasam or Kaiy)...
September 2016: Gulf Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163965/ethnobotanical-survey-and-toxicity-evaluation-of-medicinal-plants-used-for-fungal-remedy-in-the-southern-highlands-of-tanzania
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Mourice Victor Nyangabo Mbunde, Ester Innocent, Faith Mabiki, Pher G Andersson
BACKGROUND/AIM: Some of the antifungal drugs used in the current treatments regime are responding to antimicrobial resistance. In rural areas of Southern Tanzania, indigenous people use antifungal drugs alone or together with medicinal plants to curb the effects of antibiotic resistance. This study documented ethnobotanical information of medicinal plants used for managing fungal infections in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania and further assess their safety. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethnobotanical survey was conducted in Makete and Mufindi districts between July 2014 and December 2015 using semi-structured questionnaires followed by two focus group discussions to verify respondents' information...
January 2017: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162034/persons-living-with-hiv-infection-on-antiretroviral-therapy-also-consulting-traditional-healers-a-study-in-three-african-countries
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Jane N Wanyama, Sharon Tsui, Cynthia Kwok, Rhoda K Wanyenze, Julie A Denison, Olivier Koole, Eric van Praag, Barbara Castelnuovo, Fred Wabwire-Mangen, Gideon P Kwesigabo, Robert Colebunders
Traditional healers provide healthcare to a substantial proportion of people living with HIV infection (PLHIV) in high HIV burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the impact on the health of retained patients visiting traditional healers is unknown. In 2011, a study to asses adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) performed in 18 purposefully selected HIV treatment centers in Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda showed that 'consulting a traditional healer/herbalist because of HIV' was an independent risk factor for incomplete ART adherence...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160857/eulophia-macrobulbon-an-orchid-with-significant-anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-effect-and-anticancerogenic-potential-exerted-by-its-root-extract
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Roswitha Schuster, Laura Zeindl, Wolfgang Holzer, Nattakanwadee Khumpirapang, Siriporn Okonogi, Helmut Viernstein, Monika Mueller
BACKGROUND: The Orchidaceae family is one of the largest families of flowering plants. Orchids are widely used for the traditional herbal medicine, acting as aphrodisiac, antisepic, antimicrobial, anti-cancer agent, etc. PURPOSE: This study was designed to elucidate the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cytotoxic potential of a 50% ethanolic extract of Eulophia macrobulbon roots (EME) in vitro, an orchid growing in Southern Asia. Furthermore, the main active compounds were isolated, and the bioactivity of the single constituents was determined...
January 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157568/identity-in-a-medicine-cabinet-discursive-positions-of-andean-migrants-towards-their-use-of-herbal-remedies-in-the-united-kingdom
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Melissa Ceuterick, Ina Vandebroek
This study explores different rationales for using herbal remedies among people from Andean descent in the United Kingdom, using positioning theory as a conceptual framework. By analysing processes of positioning in narratives about healthcare choices conducted with 40 Bolivian and Peruvian migrants in London (between 2005 and 2009), we examine in which ways talking about personal preferences for herbal medicine can be constitutive of one's health identity. The results reveal three distinct discursive repertoires that frame the use of herbal remedies either as a tradition, a health-conscious consumer choice, or as a coping strategy, each allowing specific health identity outcomes...
January 19, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146082/an-integrated-view-of-aristolochic-acid-nephropathy-update-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Inès Jadot, Anne-Emilie Declèves, Joëlle Nortier, Nathalie Caron
The term "aristolochic acid nephropathy" (AAN) is used to include any form of toxic interstitial nephropathy that is caused either by ingestion of plants containing aristolochic acids (AA) as part of traditional phytotherapies (formerly known as "Chinese herbs nephropathy"), or by the environmental contaminants in food (Balkan endemic nephropathy). It is frequently associated with urothelial malignancies. Although products containing AA have been banned in most of countries, AAN cases remain regularly reported all over the world...
January 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140734/ethno-medicinal-documentation-of-polyherbal-medicines-used-for-the-treatment-of-tuberculosis-in-amathole-district-municipality-of-the-eastern-cape-province-south-africa
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Elizabeth Bosede Famewo, Anna Maria Clarke, Anthony Jide Afolayan
CONTEXT: Tuberculosis (TB) has remained a devastating global public health problem. In the continuing search for effective treatment, polyherbal remedies used as alternative medicines in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa were surveyed. OBJECTIVE: The survey collected information and documents the list of ingredients such as the name of the plants used including the non-herbal inclusions, type and dosage of polyherbal formulations used for the treatment of TB...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128068/mistletoe-and-garlic-extracts-as-polyurethane-carriers-a-possible-remedy-for-choroidal-melanoma
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Melania F Munteanu, Aurel Ardelean, Florin Borcan, Svetlana I Trifunschi, Ramona Gligor, Simona A Ardelean, Dorina Coricovac, Iulia Pinzaru, Florina Andrica, Livia-Cristina Borcan
Melanoma is known as the most dangerous form of skin cancer; whereas the malignant choroidal melanoma is an orphan disease known as the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults. Literature suggests that the consumption of garlic and/or mistletoe leads to a reduced risk of developing cancer. The obtained microstructures present sizes between 1.05 and 2.60 μm and Zeta potentials between -7 and +36 mV. A good encapsulation was observed on different evaluations (88-92%). It was determined that approx...
January 26, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120207/a-review-on-medicinal-uses-analytical-techniques-and-pharmacological-activities-of-strychnos-nux-vomica-linn-a-concise-report
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REVIEW
Kanika Patel, Damiki Laloo, Gireesh Kumar Singh, Manoj Gadewar, Dinesh Kumar Patel
The purpose of this review is to provide comprehensive and relevant information on the utilization and pharmacological activities of Strychnos nux-vomica Linn. (Loganiaceae), used for the treatment of various diseases. Strychnos nux-vomica is an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia and its dried seeds are used for the treatment of neurodisorders, arthritis and vomiting. The different use of this plant as herbal remedy in Chinese medicine is also reported in the literature. Strychnine and brucine are major pharmacologically active phytoconstituents of Strychnos nux-vomica, which are central nervous stimulant, but also found to be poisonous at high dosage...
January 24, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119100/antiosteoporotic-effect-of-hemidesmus-indicus-linn-on-ovariectomised-rats
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Sharad Desai, Parth Babaria, Madhavi Nakarani, Kunal Shah, Archana Paranjape
PHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Root of Hemidesmus indicus (L). R. Br., an herbal drug of India is traditionally used to prevent or treat female hormonal disturbance related disorders and assuaging symptoms of menopausal conditions. AIM OF THE STUDY: Lack of scientific data for potential use in bone loss, the present study was undertaken to investigate the effects of ethanol extract of Hemidesmus indicus root for osteoporosis in ovariectomised rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty wistar female rats were randomly divided into five groups...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111103/potentiation-of-the-anticoagulation-effect-of-warfarin-by-the-herbal-remedy-shu-jing-hwo-shiee-tang-in-rats-the-dosing-regimen-and-pharmacokinetic-interaction
#18
Yune-Fang Ueng, Chung-Kuang Lu, Sien-Hung Yang, Hong-Jaan Wang, Chiung-Chiao Huang
The herbal remedy Shu-Jing-Hwo-Shiee-Tang (SJHST) has been used in traditional Chinese medical care for the treatment of osteoarthritis. This study aims to examine the influence of SJHST on the oxidation and anticoagulation effect of warfarin in male rats. In three SJHST preparations (S1-S3), hesperidin, gentiopicrin, and paeoniflorin were identified as chemical marker ingredients. The inhibition of liver microsomal warfarin 7-hydroxylation (WOH) activity by 50% methanolic extracts of SJHST was potentiated by β-glucosidase pretreatment, but not by NADPH-fortified microsomal preincubation...
December 8, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101025/giant-basal-cell-carcinomas-arising-on-the-bilateral-forearms-of-a-patient-a-case-report-and-review-of-nonsurgical-treatment-options
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Sarah Shangraw, Rivka C Stone, Jeong Hee Cho-Vega, Robert S Kirsner
Giant basal cell carcinomas (GBCCs) are large basal cell carcinomas (BCCs; <5 cm) with a greater propensity to invade and metastasize than standard BCCs. The presence of 2 GBCCs in a single individual is rare. We present the case of a 71-year-old Caucasian male with bilateral GBCCs on the dorsal forearms, measuring 130 cm(2) and 24 cm(2), respectively, that developed over a 21-year period. Over this period, the patient treated the tumors with herbal remedies. Histologic evaluation showed a conventional nodular BCC for both tumors...
September 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095356/a-systems-pharmacology-perspective-to-decipher-the-mechanism-of-action-of-parangichakkai-chooranam-a-siddha-formulation-for-the-treatment-of-psoriasis
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Sudharsana Sundarrajan, Mohanapriya Arumugam
Psoriasis is a chronic relapsing immune mediated disorder of the skin. The disease presents itself with well featured clinical and histological characteristics however the aetiology of the disease still remains obscure. The current systemic therapies aim to eliminate the symptoms of disease rather than offering a complete cure. Parangichakkai chooranam (PC), a Siddha oral herbal formulation has been widely prescribed for the treatment of psoriasis. Though the medication is highly prescribed by the Siddha healers the mechanism of PC for the treatment of psoriasis remains to be elucidated...
January 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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