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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521703/recent-advances-in-antiepileptic-herbal-medicine
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Stephen M Manchishi
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders worldwide, with about 80 percent of cases thought to be in developing nations where it is mostly linked to superstition. Most cases of epilepsy are idiopathic, though brain injury, brain tumor, severe systemic infection and genetic mutations have been implicated in some cases. Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) currently in existence are not sufficient to contain the disorder. This is not only because of their limited availability and cost, but also their adverse side effects...
May 18, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501427/ethnopharmacological-approach-to-the-herbal-medicines-of-the-elements-alpha-to-delta-in-nikolaos-myrepsos-dynameron-part-ii
#2
E Valiakos, M Marselos, N Sakellaridis, Th Constantinidis, H Skaltsa
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Dynameron is a Byzantine medical compendium, divided into 24 sections, the "Elements", containing 2667 recipes, most of which inherited by previous physicians of the classic ancient Greek and Hellenistic, and imperial Roman periods. AIM OF THE STUDY: In continuation to our previous study concerning the first and largest chapter of the "Element Alpha" of Nikolaos Myrepsos׳ Dynameron (Valiakos et al., 2015), this paper focuses on the plants quoted in the recipes of the eight following chapters entitled "About Salts", "About Honeypacks" and "About Spreads", all belonging to the same "Element Alpha"; "About Antitussives" and "About Suppositories" belonging to the "Element Beta"; "About women's Cathartics" belonging to the "Element Gamma"; "About Drossaton" and "About Diachrisma", both belonging to the "Element Delta"...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499829/characteristics-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-usage-in-children-with-precocious-puberty-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Yi-Chun Lin, Tung-Ti Chang, Husan-Ju Chen, Chung-Hsing Wang, Mao-Feng Sun, Hung-Rong Yen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Precocious puberty (PP) occurs in children with the early onset of pubertal development leading to physical and psychological problems. Current medical treatment is expensive and has its side effects. However, little is known about the utilization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) among patients with PP. To characterize the application of TCM among these patients, we conducted a nationwide population-based study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), to perform a nationwide population-based study...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491247/the-antibacterial-activity-of-methanolic-anacyclus-pyrethrum-and-pistacia-lentiscus-l-extract-on-escherichia-coli
#4
Noushin Jalayer-Naderi, Mohammad Niakan, Elham Khodadadi, Maryam Mohamadi-Motlagh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Antibiotic therapy is the main choice in treatment of Escherichia coli induced infections. Using herbal medication is an alternative choice in treatment of diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the antibacterial activity of two traditionally used herbs in Iranian medicine, Anacyclus pyrethrum and Pistacia lentiscus L., on Escherichia coli. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The antibacterial effect of methanolic extract of Anacyclus pyrethrum and Pistacia lentiscus L...
December 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454485/cheminformatics-based-anticoagulant-study-of-traditionally-used-medicinal-plants
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Mahdi Alikhani Pour, Soroush Sardari, Ali Eslamifar, Abid Azhar, Mohammad Rezvani, Milad Nazari
Backgroung: Medicinal plants, as a complementary medicine, have been used to treat various diseases since ancient times. These plants have numerous beneficial applications and are the source of certain conventional drugs. In diseases such as stroke and ischemia, which are caused by several factors, abnormal coagulation is an important causative factor. Accordingly, novel and effective therapies such as herbal remedies should be practiced to prevent such lethal diseases. Methods: Using the available databases such as Google Scholar and PubMed, the previously reported anticoagulant compounds and plants possessing anticoagulant activity were identified and collected in two separate lists...
April 29, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426569/salve-and-burdock-a-safe-effective-amish-remedy-for-treatment-of-traumatic-wounds
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Mitchell D Flurry, Kelsie L Herring, Logan W Carr, Randy M Hauck, John D Potochny
BACKGROUND: Amish patients show a demonstrated preference for traditional, herbal remedies over modern medical interventions such as skin grafting. One such remedy is a mixture of Burn & Wound Ointment (B & W Ointment; Holistic Acres, LLC; Newcomerstown, Ohio) and steeped burdock leaves. Although both have demonstrated some antimicrobial and wound healing properties, burdock and/or the combination of B & W Ointment and burdock has never been studied to determine its purported ability to reduce pain, prevent infection, and accelerate wound healing...
May 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417089/demographic-and-medication-characteristics-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-users-among-colorectal-cancer-survivors-a-nationwide-database-study-in-taiwan
#7
Chien-Tung Wu, Yueh-Ting Tsai, Jung-Nien Lai
Chinese herbal product (CHP) is the major type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and widely used to relief the symptom of colorectal cancer. The aim of the study was to analyze the utilization of CHP for treating patients with colorectal cancer in Taiwan. The usage of CHP, frequency of services, and prescription pattern for colorectal cancer were analyzed from a randomly sampled cohort of 1 million beneficiaries from the National Health Insurance Research Database. The odds ratios for utilization of CHP were estimated with logistic regression model...
April 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377394/efficacy-and-safety-of-suanzaoren-decoction-for-chronic-insomnia-disorder-in-adults-study-protocol-for-randomised-double-blind-double-dummy-placebo-controlled-trial
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Qi-Hui Zhou, Hui-Lin Wang, Xiao-Li Zhou, Meng-Bei Xu, Hong-Feng Zhang, Li-Bo Huang, Guo-Qing Zheng, Yan Lin
BACKGROUND: Insomnia disorder is defined as a combination of dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality and a significant negative impact on daytime functioning. Chronic insomnia disorder refers to clinical symptoms of persistent insomnia at least three nights a week for at least 3 months. Prevalence estimates of insomnia disorder range from 12% to 20% in the adult population, with approximately 50% having a chronic course. The potential side effects of hypnotic medications hinder their clinical application...
April 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360539/alternative-remedies-for-insomnia-a-proposed-method-for-personalized-therapeutic-trials
#9
Kate Romero, Balaji Goparaju, Kathryn Russo, M Brandon Westover, Matt T Bianchi
Insomnia is a common symptom, with chronic insomnia being diagnosed in 5-10% of adults. Although many insomnia patients use prescription therapy for insomnia, the health benefits remain uncertain and adverse risks remain a concern. While similar effectiveness and risk concerns exist for herbal remedies, many individuals turn to such alternatives to prescriptions for insomnia. Like prescription hypnotics, herbal remedies that have undergone clinical testing often show subjective sleep improvements that exceed objective measures, which may relate to interindividual heterogeneity and/or placebo effects...
2017: Nature and Science of Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353157/spontaneously-reported-adverse-reactions-for-herbal-medicinal-products-and-natural-remedies-in-sweden-2007-15-report-from-the-medical-products-agency
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Erika Svedlund, Maria Larsson, Robert Hägerkvist
BACKGROUND: In relation to the extensive use of herbal medicinal products in self-care, the safety information is limited and there is a need for improvement. This study describes spontaneously reported adverse reactions related to herbal medicinal products and natural remedies in Sweden. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the characteristics and frequency of adverse events recorded by the Swedish Medical Products Agency, where herbal medicinal products and natural remedies were suspected as causative agents...
March 28, 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347831/rapid-antidepressant-effects-of-yueju-a-new-look-at-the-function-and-mechanism-of-an-old-herbal-medicine
#11
REVIEW
Li Ren, Gang Chen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Yueju is a traditional herbal medicine which consists of five herbs and formulated to treat depression-related syndromes 800 years ago. Yueju is still widely prescribed to treat conditions which include digestive dysfunction and depression. Recently, Yueju has been shown to promote a fast-onset antidepressant effect clinically and in preclinical studies. Because conventional antidepressants have a delayed onset in treating depression, the novelty of Yueju's rapid antidepressant effect and its underlying mechanism are of great significance both clinically and scientifically...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344030/antibacterial-activity-of-medicinal-plants-from-the-physicians-of-myddvai-a-14th-century-welsh-medical-manuscript
#12
Charles Stephen Wagner, Jillian De Gezelle, Maureen Robertson, Keith Robertson, Mickey Wilson, Slavko Komarnytsky
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Antimicrobial drug resistance is a growing threat to global public health. Historical records and herbal texts relating to traditional Celtic medicine indicate an extensive pharmacopeia of plants for treating infections likely caused by microbes. However, a major barrier for successful integration of these remedies into mainstream practice is the current lack of accurate interpretation and scientific validation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated the flora of the Isle of Arran, Scotland, via in situ targeted screening of 83 out of 138 plants identified in Meddygion Myddvai (a 14th century Welsh manuscript) to treat conditions related to microbial infections, and an additional 18 plants from modern ethnobotanical knowledge on the island (Scottish School of Herbal Medicine)...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335756/acupuncture-and-moxibustion-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-in-traditional-chinese-medicine-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#13
REVIEW
Taiwu Wang, Cong Xu, Keli Pan, Hongyan Xiong
BACKGROUND: As the etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unclear and the treatment is still a big issue. There exists a wide range of literature about acupuncture and moxibustion (AM) for CFS in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). But there are certain doubts as well in the effectiveness of its treatment due to the lack of a comprehensive and evidence-based medical proof to dispel the misgivings. Current study evaluated systematically the effectiveness of acupuncture and moxibustion treatments on CFS, and clarified the difference among them and Chinese herbal medicine, western medicine and sham-acupuncture...
March 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288600/complementary-traditional-chinese-medicine-use-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-nationwide-retrospective-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Hou-Hsun Liao, Hung-Rong Yen, Chih-Hsin Muo, Yu-Chen Lee, Mei-Yao Wu, Li-Wei Chou, Mao-Feng Sun, Tung-Ti Chang
BACKGROUND: Complementary traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used to treat patients with cerebral palsy (CP). However, large-scale surveys examining its use in the treatment of CP and associated disorders are lacking. METHODS: We enrolled 11,218 patients ≤ 18 years of age with CP in the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database from 1995 to 2011. Patients were categorized as TCM users (n = 6,997; 62.37%) and non-TCM users (n = 4,221; 37...
March 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284791/treatment-and-management-of-liver-diseases-by-khmer-traditional-healers-practicing-in-phnom-penh-area-cambodia
#15
François Chassagne, Eric Deharo, Hieng Punley, Geneviève Bourdy
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Liver disorders are a major health problem in Cambodia, where some patients prefer to seek treatment from traditional healers. The aim of the study was to document the knowledge and practices of these healers in four Southern Cambodian provinces. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An ethnopharmacological survey was carried out from September 2015 to January 2016 in Cambodian urban and rural areas. Thirty-three Khmer traditional healers (KTH) were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire including socio-demographic data, healer's formation and their professional practice conditions, perception of liver diseases (types and causes of liver disorders, diagnostic methods and symptoms of liver problems), dietary recommendations given to patients, and herbal remedies used to treat them...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275210/phytomedicine-in-joint-disorders
#16
REVIEW
Dorin Dragos, Marilena Gilca, Laura Gaman, Adelina Vlad, Liviu Iosif, Irina Stoian, Olivera Lupescu
Chronic joint inflammatory disorders such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have in common an upsurge of inflammation, and oxidative stress, resulting in progressive histological alterations and disabling symptoms. Currently used conventional medication (ranging from pain-killers to biological agents) is potent, but frequently associated with serious, even life-threatening side effects. Used for millennia in traditional herbalism, medicinal plants are a promising alternative, with lower rate of adverse events and efficiency frequently comparable with that of conventional drugs...
January 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247620/-chronic-prostatitis-a-new-paradigm-of-treatment
#17
V A Bozhedomov
This paper proposes health care recommendations for men with chronic prostatitis (CP) taking into account etiopathogenesis and the clinical presentation of the disease. The proposal is based on the experience of federal and regional clinics of urology and gynecology, respective departments for postgraduate education and on the analysis of scientific literature. It is shown that managing patients with CP requires consideration of factors beyond the traditional practice of urology. The author validates the need to use the modern prostatitis classification UPOINT instead of the traditional NIH NIDDK (1995) to increase the effectiveness of treatment...
August 2016: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217454/erectile-dysfunction-treatment-and-traditional-medicine-can-east-and-west-medicine-coexist
#18
REVIEW
Joe K C Lee, Ronny B W Tan, Eric Chung
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual problem affecting many men irrespective of cultures, beliefs and nationalities. While medical therapy for ED has been revolutionized by the advent of oral phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors and intracavernosal injection of vasoactive agents, recent technological advances such stem cell therapy, low intensity shock wave and newer generation of penile prosthesis implant offer hope to men who do not respond to conventional medical therapy. In contrast, traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) focuses on the restoration and better overall bodily regulation with the use of various herbal and animal products as well as exercises to invigorate qi (energy) in vital organs...
February 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216196/hypericum-perforatum-st-john-s-wort-beyond-depression-a-therapeutic-perspective-for-pain-conditions
#19
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/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
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