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  1. Research article

    Comparison of chemical profiles between the root and aerial parts from three Bupleurum species based on a UHPLC-QTOF-MS metabolomics approach

    Bupleuri Radix (Chaihu) represents one of the most successful and widely used herbal medicines in Asia for the treatment of many diseases such as inflammatory disorders and infectious diseases over the past 20...

    Lin Zhu, Zhi-Tao Liang, Tao Yi, Yue Ma, Zhong-Zhen Zhao, Bao-Lin Guo, Jian-Ye Zhang and Hu-Biao Chen

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:305

    Published on: 12 June 2017

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    Isolation of anti-mycobacterial compounds from Curtisia dentata (Burm.f.) C.A.Sm (Curtisiaceae)

    Tuberculosis is counted amongst the most infectious and lethal illnesses worldwide and remains one of the major threats to human health. The aim of the current study was to isolate and characterize anti-mycoba...

    Victor O. Fadipe, Nkoana I. Mongalo, Andy R. Opoku, Preachers M. Dikhoba and Tshepiso J. Makhafola

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:306

    Published on: 12 June 2017

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    Modulatory influence of Acacia hydaspica R. Parker ethyl acetate extract against cisplatin inveigled hepatic injury and dyslipidemia in rats

    Cisplatin (CP) is recommended as a first-line chemotherapeutic agent for solid tumors, however its usage outcomes in severe adverse effects. Acacia hydaspica possesses various phytochemicals and pharmacological a...

    Tayyaba Afsar, Suhail Razak, Ali almajwal and Muhammad Rashid khan

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:307

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  4. Research article

    Association of lumbar spine stiffness and flexion-relaxation phenomenon with patient-reported outcomes in adults with chronic low back pain – a single-arm clinical trial investigating the effects of thrust spinal manipulation

    Spinal manipulation (SM) is used commonly for treating low back pain (LBP). Spinal stiffness is routinely assessed by clinicians performing SM. Flexion-relaxation ratio (FRR) was shown to distinguish between L...

    Ting Xia, Cynthia R. Long, Robert D. Vining, Maruti R. Gudavalli, James W. DeVocht, Gregory N. Kawchuk, David G. Wilder and Christine M. Goertz

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:303

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  5. Research article

    Antimicrobial activity, toxicity and anti-inflammatory potential of methanolic extracts of four ethnomedicinal plant species from Punjab, Pakistan

    The plant species Aristolochia indica (AI), Melilotus indicus (MI), Tribulus terrestris (TT) and Cuscuta pedicellata (CP) are widely used in folk medicine in the villages around Chowk Azam, South Punjab, Pakistan...

    Rabia Naz, Hafsa Ayub, Sajid Nawaz, Zia Ul Islam, Tayyaba Yasmin, Asghari Bano, Abdul Wakeel, Saqib Zia and Thomas H. Roberts

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:302

    Published on: 8 June 2017

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    Complementary and conventional providers in cancer care: experience of communication with patients and steps to improve communication with other providers

    Effective interdisciplinary communication is important to achieve better quality in health care. The aims of this study were to compare conventional and complementary providers’ experience of communication abo...

    Trine Stub, Sara A. Quandt, Thomas A. Arcury, Joanne C. Sandberg and Agnete E. Kristoffersen

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:301

    Published on: 8 June 2017

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    High prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use among patients with sickle cell disease in a tertiary hospital in Lagos, South West, Nigeria

    Attention and interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been reignited globally, most especially in patients with chronic diseases. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of such chroni...

    A. A. Busari and M. A. Mufutau

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:299

    Published on: 7 June 2017

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    Antibacterial and anticancer activities of acetone extracts from in vitro cultured lichen-forming fungi

    Lichens that were used in traditional medicine for ages produce numerous secondary metabolites, however our knowledge about biological activities of substances secreted by separated bionts is scarce. The main ...

    Agnieszka Felczykowska, Alicja Pastuszak-Skrzypczak, Anna Pawlik, Krystyna Bogucka, Anna Herman-Antosiewicz and Beata Guzow-Krzemińska

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:300

    Published on: 7 June 2017

  9. Research article

    Influence of Plantago ovata husk (dietary fiber) on the bioavailability and other pharmacokinetic parameters of metformin in diabetic rabbits

    Metformin is an oral hypoglycemic agent frequently used in patients with type 2 diabetes. In this study, we have investigated the influence of the dietary fiber Plantago ovata husk on the pharmacokinetics of this...

    Raquel Díez, Juan José García, María José Diez, Matilde Sierra, Ana M. Sahagun and Nélida Fernández

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:298

    Published on: 7 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Participation trends in holistic movement practices: a 10-year comparison of yoga/Pilates and t’ai chi/qigong use among a national sample of 195,926 Australians

    In recent decades, the evidence supporting the physical and mental health benefits of holistic movement practices such as yoga and t’ai chi have become increasingly established. Consequently, investigating the...

    Ineke Vergeer, Jason A. Bennie, Melanie J. Charity, Jack T. Harvey, Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen, Stuart J. H. Biddle and Rochelle M. Eime

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:296

    Published on: 6 June 2017

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    Protective effects of synbiotic diets of Bacillus coagulans, Lactobacillus plantarum and inulin against acute cadmium toxicity in rats

    Cadmium is a heavy metal that causes oxidative stress and has toxic effects in humans. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of two probiotics along with a prebiotic in preventing the toxic ef...

    Dornoush Jafarpour, Seyed Shahram Shekarforoush, Hamid Reza Ghaisari, Saeed Nazifi, Javad Sajedianfard and Mohammad Hadi Eskandari

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:291

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Comparison between the effects of potassium phosphite and chitosan on changes in the concentration of Cucurbitacin E and on antibacterial property of Cucumis sativus

    Cucurbitacins are mostly found in the members of the family Cucurbitaceae and are responsible for the bitter taste of cucumber. Pharmacological activities such as anti-bacterial and anti-tumor effects have bee...

    Moazzameh Ramezani, Fatemeh Rahmani and Ali Dehestani

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:295

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  13. Research article

    Terpene constituents of the aerial parts, phenolic content, antibacterial potential, free radical scavenging and antioxidant activity of Callistemon citrinus (Curtis) Skeels (Myrtaceae) from Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

    Volatile oil from aromatic plants has been used by ancient Egyptians in embalming for the inhibition of bacterial growth and prevention of decay, Callistemon citrinus is used in traditional therapies for the trea...

    Rotimi A. Larayetan, Omobola O. Okoh, Alexander Sadimenko and Anthony I. Okoh

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:292

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  14. Research article

    Cell cycle arrest and apoptosis induction by methanolic leaves extracts of four Annonaceae plants

    Uvaria longipes (Craib) L.L.Zhou, Y.C.F.Su & R.M.K.Saunders, Artabotrys burmanicus A.DC, Marsypopetalum modestum (Pierre) B.Xue & R.M.K.Saunders and Dasymaschalon sp. have been used fo...

    Kitti Pumiputavon, Tanawat Chaowasku, Chalermpong Saenjum, Maslin Osathanunkul, Boonsong Wungsintaweekul, Kriangkrai Chawansuntati, Jiraprapa Wipasa and Pathrapol Lithanatudom

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:294

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  15. Research article

    A bacosides containing Bacopa monnieri extract alleviates allodynia and hyperalgesia in the chronic constriction injury model of neuropathic pain in rats

    The current therapy of neuropathic pain is inadequate and is limited by the extent of pain relief and the occurrence of dose dependant side effects. Insufficient control of pain with conventional medications p...

    Muhammad Shahid, Fazal Subhan, Nisar Ahmad and Ihsan Ullah

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:293

    Published on: 5 June 2017

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    Changes in pancreatic histology, insulin secretion and oxidative status in diabetic rats following treatment with Ficus deltoidea and vitexin

    The potential application of Ficus deltoidea and vitexin for the management of symptomatologies associated with diabetes mellitus (DM) has gained much attention. However, less firm evidence comes from data to aug...

    Samsulrizal Nurdiana, Yong Meng Goh, Hafandi Ahmad, Sulaiman Md Dom, Nur Syimal’ain Azmi, Noor Syaffinaz Noor Mohamad Zin and Mahdi Ebrahimi

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:290

    Published on: 2 June 2017

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    Supplementation of Syzygium cumini seed powder prevented obesity, glucose intolerance, hyperlipidemia and oxidative stress in high carbohydrate high fat diet induced obese rats

    Obesity and related complications have now became epidemic both in developed and developing countries. Cafeteria type diet mainly composed of high fat high carbohydrate components which plays a significant rol...

    Anayt Ulla, Md Ashraful Alam, Biswajit Sikder, Farzana Akter Sumi, Md Mizanur Rahman, Zaki Farhad Habib, Mostafe Khalid Mohammed, Nusrat Subhan, Hemayet Hossain and Hasan Mahmud Reza

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:289

    Published on: 2 June 2017

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    Dai-Huang-Fu-Zi-Tang alleviates pulmonary and intestinal injury with severe acute pancreatitis via regulating aquaporins in rats

    Dai-Huang-Fu-Zi-Tang (DHFZT) is a famous traditional Chinese prescription with intestinal obstruction, acute pancreatitis and cholecystalgia for thousands of years. Our previous work found that DHFZT could act...

    Xin Kang, Xiao-Guang Lu, Li-Bin Zhan, Zheng-Kai Liang, Wen-Xiu Guo, Qi Ma, Yi Wang, Jian-Bo Song, Jin-Yu Feng, Cong-Han Wang, Li-Zhi Bai, Yi Song and Guo-Hui Liu

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:288

    Published on: 2 June 2017

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    Effects of sesamin on chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan synthesis induced by interleukin-1beta in human chondrocytes

    Numerous studies have reported on the health benefits of sesamin, a major lignin found in sesame (S. indicum) seeds. Recently, sesamin was shown to have the ability to promote chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan syn...

    Warunee Srisuthtayanont, Dumnoensun Pruksakorn, Prachya Kongtawelert and Peraphan Pothacharoen

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:286

    Published on: 31 May 2017

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    Demonstration of biological activities of extracts from Isodon rugosus Wall. Ex Benth: Separation and identification of bioactive phytoconstituents by GC-MS analysis in the ethyl acetate extract

    Since long, natural sources have been explored for possible managements of various diseases. In this context, the study is designed to evaluate Isodon rugosus Wall. ex Benth for biological potentials including an...

    Anwar Zeb, Farhat Ullah, Muhammad Ayaz, Sajjad Ahmad and Abdul Sadiq

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:284

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  21. Research article

    Thymoquinone (TQ) inhibits the replication of intracellular Mycobacterium tuberculosis in macrophages and modulates nitric oxide production

    Human tuberculosis, which is caused by the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, remains a major public health concern. Increasing drug resistance poses a threat of disease resurgence and continues to cause consid...

    Hafij Al Mahmud, Hoonhee Seo, Sukyung Kim, Md Imtiazul Islam, Kung-Woo Nam, Hyun-Deuk Cho and Ho-Yeon Song

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:279

    Published on: 25 May 2017

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