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  1. Research article

    Hemodynamic changes caused by acupuncture in healthy volunteers: a prospective, single-arm exploratory clinical study

    Radial pressure pulse wave (RPPW) examination has been a key diagnostic component of traditional Chinese medicine. The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in RPPW along with various hemodyna...

    Tae-Hun Kim, Boncho Ku, Jang-Han Bae, Jae-Young Shin, Min-Ho Jun, Jung Won Kang, Junghwan Kim, Jun-Hwan Lee and Jaeuk U. Kim

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:274

    Published on: 22 May 2017

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    Antiviral activity of phenanthrenes from the medicinal plant Bletilla striata against influenza A virus

    Influenza represents a serious public health concern. The emergence of resistance to anti-influenza drugs underlines the need to develop new drugs. This study aimed to evaluate the anti-influenza viral activit...

    Ya Shi, Bing Zhang, Yiyu Lu, Chaodong Qian, Yan Feng, Liwei Fang, Zhishan Ding and Dongqing Cheng

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:273

    Published on: 22 May 2017

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    Patient needs and preferences for herb-drug-disease interaction alerts: a structured interview study

    While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used in the United States and elsewhere, and hazardous interactions with prescription drugs can occur, patients do not regularly communicate with ...

    Carrie M. Christensen, Rebecca S. Morris, Seraphine Chepkemoi Kapsandoy, Melissa Archer, Jinqiu Kuang, Laura Shane-McWhorter, Bruce E. Bray and Qing Zeng-Treitler

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:272

    Published on: 19 May 2017

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    Methanol extract of Dicranopteris linearis L. leaves impedes acetaminophen-induced liver intoxication partly by enhancing the endogenous antioxidant system

    The present study investigated the potential of methanolic extract of Dicranopteris linearis (MEDL) leaves to attenuate liver intoxication induced by acetaminophen (APAP) in rats.

    Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria, Farah Hidayah Kamisan, Maizatul Hasyima Omar, Nur Diyana Mahmood, Fezah Othman, Siti Selina Abdul Hamid and Muhammad Nazrul Hakim Abdullah

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:271

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  5. Research article

    Practitioners’ perspectives on evaluating treatment outcomes in traditional Chinese medicine

    There are no generally accepted standards for evaluation of treatment outcomes in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Pattern differentiation and individual treatments are recognized as the most distinguishing...

    Yan-Hong Zhang, Jing Lv, Wei Gao, Jun Li, Ji-Qian Fang, Li-Yun He and Bao-Yan Liu

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:269

    Published on: 18 May 2017

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    Antioxidant activity, acetylcholinesterase inhibitory potential and phytochemical analysis of Sarcocephalus latifolius Sm. bark used in traditional medicine in Sudan

    Sarcocephalus latifolius is used as a traditional medicine for curing many diseases in Sudan. The main objective of the current study was to determine the antioxidant activity and acet...

    Alsiddig Osama, Sufyan Awadelkarim and Amna Ali

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:270

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Membrane of Candida albicans as a target of berberine

    We investigated the mechanisms of anti-Candida action of isoquinoline alkaloid berberine, active constituent of medically important plants of Barberry species.

    Nataša Zorić, Ivan Kosalec, Siniša Tomić, Ivan Bobnjarić, Mario Jug, Toni Vlainić and Josipa Vlainić

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:268

    Published on: 17 May 2017

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    A new, easy-to-make pectin-honey hydrogel enhances wound healing in rats

    Honey, alone or in combination, has been used for wound healing since ancient times and has reemerged as a topic of interest in the last decade. Pectin has recently been investigated for its use in various bio...

    Gessica Giusto, Cristina Vercelli, Francesco Comino, Vittorio Caramello, Massimiliano Tursi and Marco Gandini

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:266

    Published on: 16 May 2017

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    Evaluation of anti-inflammatory and gastric anti-ulcer activity of Phyllanthus niruri L. (Euphorbiaceae) leaves in experimental rats

    The medicinal plants signify a massive basin of potential phytoconstituents that could be valuable as a substitute to allopathic drugs or considered as an analogue in drug development. Phyllanthus niruri L. (Euph...

    Ronia Mostofa, Shanta Ahmed, Mst. Marium Begum, Md. Sohanur Rahman, Taslima Begum, Siraj Uddin Ahmed, Riazul Haque Tuhin, Munny Das, Amir Hossain, Manju Sharma and Rayhana Begum

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:267

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  10. Research article

    Chinese herbal Pulian ointment in treating psoriasis vulgaris of blood-heat syndrome: a multi-center, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris. We aimed to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal Pulian ointment in treating psoriasis vulga...

    Nuo Li, Wenbin Zhao, Jianmin Xing, Jianping Liu, Guangzhong Zhang, Yunbi Zhang, Yuanwen Li, Wali Liu, Fei Shi and Yanping Bai

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:264

    Published on: 15 May 2017

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    Detection of antibacterial activities of Miswak, Kalonji and Aloe vera against oral pathogens & anti-proliferative activity against cancer cell line

    Emerging drug resistance and hindrance of treatment is provoking scientists to search new, less expensive medicinally active compounds. Dental diseases caused by oral pathogens are very frequent chronic infect...

    Sameen Amjed, Kashaf Junaid, Junaid Jafar, Tuaha Amjad, Waqas Maqsood, Nadia Mukhtar, Kanza Tariq, Musarrat Sharif, Sana Javaid Awan and Farheen Ansari

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:265

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  12. Research article

    The effectiveness of long-needle acupuncture at acupoints BL30 and BL35 for CP/CPPS: a randomized controlled pilot study

    The chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is one of the commonest chronic inflammatory diseases in adult men, for which acupuncture has been used to relieve related symptoms. The present s...

    Minjie Zhou, Mingyue Yang, Lei Chen, Chao Yu, Wei Zhang, Jun Ji, Chi Chen, Xueyong Shen and Jian Ying

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:263

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  13. Research article

    Direct and indirect risk associated with the use of dietary supplements among persons with dementia in a Norwegian memory clinic

    The use of dietary supplements (DS) is common among persons with dementia. Direct risks associated with DS use include adverse events and DS-drug interactions. A direct risk is a risk caused by the treatment i...

    Hilde Risvoll, Trude Giverhaug, Kjell H. Halvorsen, Marit Waaseth and Frauke Musial

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:261

    Published on: 12 May 2017

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    "Placebo effect is probably what we refer to as patient healing power": A qualitative pilot study examining how Norwegian complementary therapists reflect on their practice

    Complementary therapists spend considerable time with their patients, especially in the first consultation. The communication between patients and their therapists is important for raising consciousness and ac...

    Trine Stub, Nina Foss and Ingrid Liodden

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:262

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  15. Research article

    Postnatal treatment using curcumin supplements to amend the damage in VPA-induced rodent models of autism

    Valproic acid (VPA) is used as a first-line antiepileptic agent and is undergoing clinical trials for use as a treatment for many disorders. Mothers undergoing VPA treatment during early pregnancy reportedly s...

    Maha Al-Askar, Ramesa Shafi Bhat, Manar Selim, Laila Al-Ayadhi and Afaf El-Ansary

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:259

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  16. Research article

    Neuroprotective effect of salvianolate lyophilized injection against cerebral ischemia in type 1 diabetic rats

    Salvianolate lyophilized injection (SLI) has been clinically used in China for the treatment of acutely cerebral infarction. Clinical and experimental studies have shown that Diabetes mellitus (DM) not only in...

    Fujiang Wang, Qiansong He, Jinxin Wang, Qing Yuan, Hong Guo, Lijuan Chai, Shaoxia Wang, Limin Hu and Yue Zhang

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:258

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  17. Research article

    Mechanism of resveratrol-induced relaxation in the human gallbladder

    Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound extracted from plants and is also a constituent of red wine. Resveratrol produces relaxation of vascular smooth muscle and may prevent cardiovascular diseases. Although r...

    Ching-Chung Tsai, Ming-Che Lee, Shu-Leei Tey, Ching-Wen Liu and Shih-Che Huang

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:254

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  18. Research article

    The effects of Alkanna tinctoria Tausch on split-thickness skin graft donor site management: a randomized, blinded placebo-controlled trial

    A prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted to compare the healing effectiveness of Alkanna tinctoria (L.) Tausch (Boraginaceae) with standard dressing on wound healing at the donor...

    Aliasghar Kheiri, Shahideh Amini, Abbas Norouzi Javidan, Mohammad Mehdi Saghafi and Ghasemali Khorasani

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:253

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  19. Research article

    Ethnopharmacological survey of medicinal plants practiced by traditional healers and herbalists for treatment of some urological diseases in the West Bank/Palestine

    Throughout history, every civilization in the world used plants or their derivatives for treatment or prevention of diseases. In Palestine as in many other countries, herbal medicines are broadly used in the t...

    Nidal Amin Jaradat, Abdel Naser Zaid, Rowa Al-Ramahi, Malik A. Alqub, Fatima Hussein, Zakaria Hamdan, Mahmoud Mustafa, Mohammad Qneibi and Iyad Ali

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:255

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  20. Research article

    Assessment of herbal drugs for promising anti-Candida activity

    Microbial infections are diverse and cause serious human diseases. Candida albicans infections are serious healthcare-related infections that are complicated by its morphological switching from yeast to hyphae, r...

    Sameh S. M. Soliman, Mohammad H. Semreen, Ali A. El-Keblawy, Arbab Abdullah, Priya Uppuluri and Ashraf S. Ibrahim

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:257

    Published on: 8 May 2017

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    Castanea sativa Mill. bark extract exhibits chemopreventive properties triggering extrinsic apoptotic pathway in Jurkat cells

    Chemoprevention represents the possibility to prevent, stop or reverse the cancerogenetic process. In this context the interest towards natural extracts and botanical drugs has constantly grown due to their ph...

    Monia Lenzi, Marco Malaguti, Veronica Cocchi, Silvana Hrelia and Patrizia Hrelia

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:251

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  22. Research article

    Melicope ptelefolia leaf extracts exhibit antioxidant activity and exert anti-proliferative effect with apoptosis induction on four different cancer cell lines

    Melicope ptelefolia is a well-known herb in a number of Asian countries. It is often used as vegetable salad and traditional medicine to address various ailments. However, not many stu...

    Mohammad Faujul Kabir, Johari Mohd Ali, Mitra Abolmaesoomi and Onn Haji Hashim

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:252

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  23. Research article

    Protective effects of carnosol against oxidative stress induced brain damage by chronic stress in rats

    Oxidative stress through chronic stress destroys the brain function. There are many documents have shown that carnosol may have a therapeutic effect versus free radical induced diseases. The current research f...

    Saeed Samarghandian, Mohsen Azimi-Nezhad, Abasalt Borji, Mohammad Samini and Tahereh Farkhondeh

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:249

    Published on: 4 May 2017

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