January 17, 2014 In Herbal Research

The new year finally took off with a number of herbal and herb-related studies. This update presents articles on herb cultivation, pharmacology, chemistry, toxicity, novel uses, ethnobotany, herbal history, and quality control.


Herb-induced nephrotoxicity: a review (Abstract)

Schistosomiasis liver fibrosis: advances in treatment with traditional Chinese medicine (article in Chinese) (Abstract)

Herbal combinations

Rhizoma Coptidis and Radix Scutellariae: improvement of oral bioavailability by a multiple-unit drug delivery system (Abstract)

Individual Botanicals

Ageratina pichinchensis [Mexico]: compounds with antinociceptive and gastroprotective effects (Abstract)

Brucea javanica (yadanzi): network pharmacology (Abstract)

Chlidanthus fragrans: alkaloids with AChE-inhibitory activity (Abstract)

Christia vespertilionis (red butterfly wing): antiplasmoidal activity (Abstract)

Coreopsis spp.: a review of research on the genus (article in Chinese) (Abstract)

Garcinia cambogia: effects on adiposity; induction of hepatic fibrosis  and inflammation in rats (Abstract)

Glycyrrhiza sp.: antimicrobial activity (Abstract)

Hovenia trichocarpa: novel saponins (Abstract)

Moringa oleifera: immunomodulatory activity (Abstract)

Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng), white: chemopreventive activity against lung squamous cell carcinoma in mice (Abstract)

Scutellaria baicalensis: antimicrobial activity (Abstract)

Taraxacum officinale (dandelion): antimicrobial activity (Abstract)

Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot): antimicrobial activity (Abstract)


Dracaena cambodiana: stimulation of dragon’s blood accumulation (Abstract)

Withania somnifera (ashwagandha): seed germination (Abstract)

Isolated Constituents

Asiaticoside (from Hydrocotyle sp.): cognition-enhancing effects in mice (Abstract)

Astragaloside IV: effects in myocardial hypertrophy (Abstract)

Bacoside B: controversy of identity (Abstract)

Bibenzyl (from Dendrobium sp.): antiangiogenic activities (Abstract)

Chlorogenic acid: interaction with proteins (Abstract)

Curcumin: anti-inflammatory effects (Abstract)

Forskolin: in vitro metabolism (Abstract)

Quercetin: mechanism of hepatoprotective effect in D-galactosamine-sensitized rats (Abstract)

Novel uses

Punica granatum (pomegaranate), flowers: effects on the liver in rats with diabetes and non-alcoholic fat liver diseases (Abstract)


China: preliminary investigation on the materia medica of the Zhuang ethnic group (article in Chinese) (Abstract)

India: plants used for treatment of dysentery and diarrhoea by the Bhoxa community of district Dehradun, Uttarakhand (Abstract)

Herbal History

Chinese materia medica: adulteration in the past (Abstract)

Quality Control

DNA barcoding: use for identification of medicinal plant species of Fabaceae (Abstract)

DNA-based identification: a review (Abstract)

Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo): simultaneous determination of eleven flavonoid glycosides using UPLC (Abstract)

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