Garlic for the common cold.

Garlic for the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Nov 11;11:CD006206 Authors: Lissiman E, Bhasale AL, Cohen M Abstract BACKGROUND: Garlic is alleged to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties that relieve the common cold, among other beneficial effects. There is widespread usage of garlic supplements. The common cold is associated with significant morbidity and…

Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon. – a review on traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacological activities.

Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon. – a review on traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacological activities. J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Jun 11;154(2):268-85 Authors: Patel JJ, Acharya SR, Acharya NS Abstract ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon. (Verbenaceae) is an important medicinal plant growing in the tropical and warm temperate regions like Africa, Southern Asia; Malaysia and distributed throughout…

Dang shen [Codonopsis pilosula (Franch.) Nannf] herbal formulae for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Dang shen [Codonopsis pilosula (Franch.) Nannf] herbal formulae for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Phytother Res. 2015 Feb;29(2):167-86 Authors: Shergis JL, Liu S, Chen X, Zhang AL, Guo X, Lu C, Xue CC Abstract This systematic review and meta-analysis assessed the efficacy and safety of Dang shen [Codonopsis pilosula (Franch.) Nannf.,…

Acupoint herbal patching for allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

Acupoint herbal patching for allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Clin Otolaryngol. 2015 Mar 6; Authors: Zhou F, Yan LJ, Yang GY, Liu JP Abstract BACKGROUND: Acupoint herbal patching (AHP) is extensively used in treatment of allergic rhinitis in China. However, existing systematic review is insufficient. OBJECTIVE OF REVIEW: To…

Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold.

Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014;2:CD000530 Authors: Karsch-Völk M, Barrett B, Kiefer D, Bauer R, Ardjomand-Woelkart K, Linde K Abstract BACKGROUND: Echinacea plant preparations (family Asteraceae) are widely used in Europe and North America for common colds. Most consumers and physicians are not aware that products available under…

Characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine use in children with asthma: a nationwide population-based study.

Characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine use in children with asthma: a nationwide population-based study. Allergy. 2013 Dec;68(12):1610-3 Authors: Huang TP, Liu PH, Lien AS, Yang SL, Chang HH, Yen HR Abstract Asthma is a chronic inflammatory airway disease accounting for severe morbidity and mortality in children. To determine the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)…

Study on the mechanism of the bronchodilatory effects of Cynodon dactylon (Linn.) and identification of the active ingredient.

Study on the mechanism of the bronchodilatory effects of Cynodon dactylon (Linn.) and identification of the active ingredient. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Dec 12;150(3):946-52 Authors: Patel MR, Bhalodia YS, Pathak NL, Patel MS, Suthar K, Patel N, Golwala DK, Jivani NP Abstract ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: In the traditional medicine, Cynodon dactylon (Linn.) is used in asthma, but…

Clinical effectiveness and safety of montelukast in asthma. What are the conclusions from clinical trials and meta-analyses?

Clinical effectiveness and safety of montelukast in asthma. What are the conclusions from clinical trials and meta-analyses? Drug Des Devel Ther. 2014;8:839-850 Authors: Hon KL, Leung TF, Leung AK Abstract Asthma is a common childhood atopic disease associated with chronicity and impaired quality of life. As there is no cure for this disease, treatment relies…

Brazilian medicinal plants to treat upper respiratory tract and bronchial illness: systematic review and meta-analyses-study protocol.

Brazilian medicinal plants to treat upper respiratory tract and bronchial illness: systematic review and meta-analyses-study protocol. BMJ Open. 2014;4(7):e005267 Authors: Lopes LC, Silva MC, Motta CB, Macho Quirós A, Biavatti MW, de Oliveira JC, Guyatt G Abstract INTRODUCTION: Respiratory illness, often associated with cough and sputum, is frequent. In Brazil, herbal medicines are often recommended…