January 24, 2014 In Herbal Research: Part 1

Oh My Herb (OMH)! One-hundred-sixty-one articles labeled “herb,” “herbal,” or “herbs” appeared in PubMed overnight! Sit back for a long update.

Meta-analysis

Effectiveness of traditional Chinese Astragalus spp.-containing herbal prescriptions in combination with radiotherapy in non-small-cell lung cancer: a meta-analysis (Abstract, Free full text)

Clinical trials

Juglans regia (common walnut) leaves, aqueous extract: significantly decreased serum fasting HbA1C and blood glucose levels and increased insulin levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (Abstract, Free full text)

Triptolide (a compound from Tripterygium wilfordii, Thunder God vine): used for nephrotic range proteinuria in children (Abstract)

Reviews

Adverse reactions and safety concerns in herbal medicine: challenges in monitoring (Abstract, Free full text)

Effects of Kampo (traditional Japanese herbal medicine) on functional gastrointestinal disorders (Abstract, Free full text)

Phytotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (Abstract)

Piper betle (betel) leaf: medicinal benefits (PubMed; no abstract available)

Spilanthes spp.: (ethno)pharmacology (Abstract, Free full text)

Traditional medicine in Peru (Abstract, Free full text)

Herbal combinations

Abnormal Savda Munziq (a traditional Uighur herbal preparation): effects on hypertrophic scar formation (Abstract)

Inchinkoto (traditional Japanese herbal remedy for jaundice): a review (Abstract)

Mangifera indica (mango) bark and leaf, Psidium guajava (guava), Carica papaya (papaya), Cymbopogon citratus (lemon grass), Citrus sinensis (orange), and Ocimum gratissimum (clove basil) leaves: used for the treatment of malaria (Abstract)

Radix Astragali, Radix Angelicae Sinensis, and Folium Epimedii: for perimenopause (Abstract)

Individual botanicals

Azadirachta indica (neem) extract: comparison of antibacterial activity with grape seed extract and sodium hypochlorite (Abstract)

Bacopa monnieri (bacopa): anti-inflammatory effects on cells of the innate immune system (Abstract)

Phellodendron spp. (cortex phellodenrii, huang bai): selective extraction of berberine (Abstract)

Tinospora cordifolia (guduchi): antitumor, antioxidant, antibacterial activities (Abstract, Free full text)

Triticum spp. (wheat) germ: enhancement of cytotoxicity of anticancer drugs (Abstract)

Isolated constituents

2-Methoxystypandrone (from Fallopia japonica syn. Polygonum cuspidatum): inhibition of Janus kinase 2 and NF-κB signaling (Abstract)

Honokiol (from Magnolia spp.): novel methods of preparation (Abstract)

Scopoletin: anti-inflammatory in a rheumatoid arthritis model (Abstract)

Quality Control

Detection of antidiabetes drugs in botanical supplements: TLC-SERS (Abstract)

DNA barcoding: use in identifying processed and poorly conserved plant material (Abstract)

Plantago ovata (psyllium) seeds: approaches in characterisation of volatile constituents by GC-MS (Abstract)

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