January 16, 2014 In Herbal Research: Part 2

This part of the update includes reviews, clinical trials, and studies on individual botanicals, herbal formulas, fungi, and essential oils.


Acupuncture and herbal medicine for premenstrual syndrome/premenstrual dysphoric disorder: a systematic review (Abstract, Free full text)

Adverse events from medical herb use in children: a systematic review (Abstract)

Chronic hepatitis B: its effective treatment with traditional Chinese medicine (Abstract, Free full text)

Diabetic hypertension: management with herbal medicine (Abstract)

Garlic (Allium sativum): as an anti-diabetic agent (Abstract)

Phytochemicals and the genes relevant for type 2 diabetes (Abstract)

Traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (Abstract)

Traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of stable and unstable angina: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Abstract, Free full text)

Clinical trials

Fruit/berry/vegetable concentrate (in capsules): eight-week supplementation resulted in the reduction of oxidation and inflammation markers and improved microcirculation parameters in obese women (Abstract, Free full text)

β-Conglycinin (a protein from soya): at a low dose of 2-3 g a day, significantly decreases serum TAG and LDL-cholesterol levels in menopausal women (Abstract)

Probiotics and herbal medicine: co-administration effects on metabolic endotoxemia and dysbiosis in obesity (Abstract)

Sphaeranthus indicus and Garcinia mangostana (mangosteen) extracts: significant decreases in body weight and waist circumference (Abstract)

Individual Botanicals*

Cinnamomum subavenium: a review of pharmacological activities (Abstract)

Curcuma longa (turmeric): chemical variability along value chains (Abstract)

Cymbopogon citratus (lemon grass): antioxidant effects on endothelial cells (Abstract)

Cynara scolymus (artichoke), heads: anti-ulcerogenic potential of the scales (Abstract)

Endophytic bacteria in Codonopsis pilosula, Ephedra sinica, and Lamiophlomis rotata, grown in Ganzi of Sichuan province, Southwest China (Abstract)

Lamiaceae (the mint family): acetylcholinesterase-inhibitory activities of selected medicinal plants (Abstract, Free full text)

Medicinal plants growing in Turkey (16 plant species): antibacterial and tumoricidal effects of three types of extracts (Abstract)

Ocimum gratissimum (clove basil), leaf: hypoglycemic activity (Abstract)

Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng) root, red: effects on inflammasomes (Abstract)

Phoenix dactylifera (date palm), fruit: chemical composition, nutritional and medicinal values (Abstract)

Renealmia alpina, leaf [Colombia], extracts: inhibitory effects on the venom of Bothrops asper (Abstract)

Serenoa repens (saw palmetto): phytochemical comparison of products (Abstract)

Smilax glabra (fu ling): immunological activity (Abstract)


* аnd their bacterial associates.

polyHerbal combinations

Dang-gui-shao-yao-san: traditional Chinese medicine for treating primary dysmenorrhea in Taiwan (Abstract)

Haoqinqingdan decoction: effect on damp-heat syndrome in rats with influenza viral pneumonia (Abstract)

Liuwei dihuang: anti-Parkinsonic effects and protection of dopaminergic neurons (Abstract)

Panax pseudoginseng (sanqi), root, and Pueraria sp. (kudzu), root: effects of sanqi on pharmacokinetic behavior of compounds from kudzu, in rats (Abstract)

Radix Astragali, Salvia miltiorrhiza, and Angelica sinensis (dong quai) in combination with Western medical treatment: effects on liver fibrosis in rabbits with schistosomiasis (Abstract)

Saengmaeksan (Liriope platyphylla tuber, Panax ginseng root, Schisandra chinensis fruit): anti-inflammatory actitivy (Abstract)

Sho-saiko-to: modification of gene expression in mouse hepatocytes (Abstract, Free full text)

Xing-nao-jing: synergistic effects of other compounds on geniposide absorption in stroke (Abstract)


Cordiceps sinensis: anti-thrombotic effect (Abstract)

Penicillium – endophytic species: anti-pancreatic lipase activity (Abstract)

Wild-grown edible mushrooms from China: their nutritional value and chemical composition (Abstract)

Essential Oils

Essential oil production: membrane enrichment technology (Abstract)

Cephalaria spp. (Dipsacaceae; Turkey): phytochemical analysis of the essential oils (Abstract)

Cyclotrichium leucotrichum (from Iran): Chemical composition and in vitro antimicrobial activity of the essential oil (Abstract)

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