A Critical Approach to Evaluating Clinical Efficacy, Adverse Events and Drug Interactions of Herbal Remedies.

A Critical Approach to Evaluating Clinical Efficacy, Adverse Events and Drug Interactions of Herbal Remedies. Phytother Res. 2016 Feb 17; Authors: Izzo AA, Hoon-Kim S, Radhakrishnan R, Williamson EM Abstract Systematic reviews and meta-analyses represent the uppermost ladders in the hierarchy of evidence. Systematic reviews/meta-analyses suggest preliminary or satisfactory clinical evidence for agnus castus (Vitex…

Herbal Medicine for Cough: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. [Free Full-text]

Herbal Medicine for Cough: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Forsch Komplementmed. 2015;22(6):359-368 Authors: Wagner L, Cramer H, Klose P, Lauche R, Gass F, Dobos G, Langhorst J Abstract BACKGROUND: The aim of this review was to systematically assess the literature on herbal medicine for cough as a symptom of upper respiratory tract infections and common…

Review and Assessment of Medicinal Safety Data of Orally Used Echinacea Preparations. [Free Full-text]

Review and Assessment of Medicinal Safety Data of Orally Used Echinacea Preparations. Planta Med. 2015 Oct 5; Authors: Ardjomand-Woelkart K, Bauer R Abstract Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifoli and Echinacea pallida are frequently used as medicinal plants. Besides asking for evidence on their efficacy, there is an increasing interest for safety data. This review systematically presents…

Hyperspectral Imaging and Chemometric Modeling of Echinacea – A Novel Approach in the Quality Control of Herbal Medicines. [Free Full-text]

Hyperspectral Imaging and Chemometric Modeling of Echinacea – A Novel Approach in the Quality Control of Herbal Medicines. Molecules. 2014;19(9):13104-13121 Authors: Sandasi M, Vermaak I, Chen W, Viljoen AM Abstract Echinacea species are popularly included in various formulations to treat upper respiratory tract infections. These products are of commercial importance, with a collective sales figure…

Antibiotic resistance differentiates Echinacea purpurea endophytic bacterial communities with respect to plant organs.

Antibiotic resistance differentiates Echinacea purpurea endophytic bacterial communities with respect to plant organs. Res Microbiol. 2014 Oct 2; Authors: Mengoni A, Maida I, Chiellini C, Emiliani G, Mocali S, Fabiani A, Fondi M, Firenzuoli F, Fani R Abstract Recent findings have shown that antibiotic resistance is widespread in multiple environments and multicellular organisms, as plants,…

Immunity: plants as effective mediators.

Immunity: plants as effective mediators. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014;54(10):1298-308 Authors: Sultan MT, Butt MS, Qayyum MM, Suleria HA Abstract In the domain of nutrition, exploring the diet-health linkages is major area of research. The outcomes of such interventions led to widespread acceptance of functional and nutraceutical foods; however, augmenting immunity is a major…

Dietary interventions for atopic disorders.

Dietary interventions for atopic disorders. Curr Pharm Des. 2014;20(6):996-1002 Authors: Mavrommati D, Theoharides TC Abstract There are a number of atopic conditions that involve mast cells ranging from common allergies to arthritis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. In addition to the well known allergic triggers, many food substances, drugs, as well as physical and mental…

Isomeric C12-Alkamides from the Roots of Echinacea purpurea Improve Basal and Insulin-Dependent Glucose Uptake in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes. [ Free Full-text ]

Isomeric C12-Alkamides from the Roots of Echinacea purpurea Improve Basal and Insulin-Dependent Glucose Uptake in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes. Planta Med. 2014 Nov 5; Authors: Kotowska D, El-Houri RB, Borkowski K, Petersen RK, Fretté XC, Wolber G, Grevsen K, Christensen KB, Christensen LP, Kristiansen K Abstract Echinacea purpurea has been used in traditional medicine as a remedy…

Echinacea purpurea up-regulates CYP1A2, CYP3A4 and MDR1 gene expression by activation of pregnane X receptor pathway.

Echinacea purpurea up-regulates CYP1A2, CYP3A4 and MDR1 gene expression by activation of pregnane X receptor pathway. Xenobiotica. 2014 Nov 7;:1-12 Authors: Awortwe C, Manda VK, Avonto C, Khan SI, Khan IA, Walker LA, Bouic PJ, Rosenkranz B Abstract Abstract 1. This study investigated the mechanism underlying Echinacea-mediated induction of CYP1A2, CYP3A4 and MDR1 in terms of…