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  1. Mushroom polysaccharides have traditionally been used for the prevention and treatment of a multitude of disorders like infectious illnesses, cancers and various autoimmune diseases. Crude mushroom extracts ha...

    Authors: Fhernanda R Smiderle, Andrea C Ruthes, Jeroen van Arkel, Wasaporn Chanput, Marcello Iacomini, Harry J Wichers and Leo JLD Van Griensven

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:58

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  2. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of the methanol extract, fractions and isolated compounds from Entada abyssinica stem bark, plant used traditionally against gast...

    Authors: Gerald N Teke, Paul K Lunga, Hippolyte K Wabo, Jules-Roger Kuiate, Gerard Vilarem, Geraldine Giacinti, Haruhisa Kikuchi and Yoshiteru Oshima

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:57

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  3. Proteases play an important role in virulence of many human, plant and insect pathogens. The proteinaceous protease inhibitors of plant origin have been reported widely from many plant species. The inhibitors ...

    Authors: Vinayak R Tripathi, Shailendra Kumar and Satyendra K Garg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:56

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  4. Myrsine africana is an herbaceous plant that is traditionally used as appetizer and carminative. Locally, it is used for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, rheumatism and diarrhea by healers. The aims of t...

    Authors: Sadiq Azam, Shumaila Bashir and Bashir Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:55

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  5. Our previous studies showed that Salvianolic acid B (Sal B) inhibited 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced oral carcinogenesis in hamsters and such anti-cancer effects might be related to the inhibiti...

    Authors: Ya Yang, Ping J Ge, Long Jiang, Feng L Li and Qin Y Zhu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:54

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  6. The hypocholesterolemic effects of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have now become an area of great interest and controversy for many scientists. In this study, we evaluated the effects of Lactobacillus plantarum 9-41...

    Authors: Ning Xie, Yi Cui, Ya-Ni Yin, Xin Zhao, Jun-Wen Yang, Zheng-Gen Wang, Nian Fu, Yong Tang, Xue-Hong Wang, Xiao-Wei Liu, Chun-Lian Wang and Fang-Gen Lu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:53

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  7. Popular Brazilian medicine uses Heteropterys aphrodisiaca infusion as a tonic or stimulant, for the treatment of nervous debility and breakdown and for muscle and bone weakness. This study investigated the effect...

    Authors: Juliana C Monteiro, Marcos LM Gomes, Tatiana C Tomiosso, Wilson R Nakagaki, Mariana M Sbervelheri, Danilo L Ferrucci, Edson R Pimentel and Heidi Dolder

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:51

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  8. Patients with osteoarthritis (OA) take a variety of health supplements in an attempt to reduce pain and improve function. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in t...

    Authors: Eytan M Debbi, Gabriel Agar, Gil Fichman, Yaron Bar Ziv, Rami Kardosh, Nahum Halperin, Avi Elbaz, Yiftah Beer and Ronen Debi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:50

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  9. Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a prominent clinical problem. There are calls for multi-modal interventions.

    Authors: Michael F Johnston, Ron D Hays, Saskia K Subramanian, Robert M Elashoff, Eleanor K Axe, Jie-Jia Li, Irene Kim, Roberto B Vargas, Jihey Lee, LuGe Yang and Ka-Kit Hui

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:49

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  10. Carissa opaca (Apocynaceae) leaves possess antioxidant activity and hepatoprotective effects, and so may provide a possible therapeutic alternative in hepatic disorders. The effect produced by methanolic extract...

    Authors: Sumaira Sahreen, Muhammad R Khan and Rahmat A Khan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:48

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  11. An important but understudied component of Canada's health system is alternative care. The objective of this paper is to examine the geographic and socio-demographic characteristics of alternative care consult...

    Authors: Allison M Williams, Peter Kitchen and Jeanette Eby

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:47

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  12. Data on the potential efficacy of acupuncture (AC) in controlling intense or very intense pain in patients with Herpes Zoster (HZ) has not been so far adequately assessed in comparison with standard pharmacolo...

    Authors: Tamara Ursini, Monica Tontodonati, Lamberto Manzoli, Ennio Polilli, Cristina Rebuzzi, Gabriele Congedo, Sonia Di Profio, Patrizia Marani Toro, Augusta Consorte, Giuseppina Placido, Stefano Laganà, Claudio D'Amario, Carla Granchelli, Giustino Parruti and Lucio Pippa

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:46

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  13. Asthma is increasing worldwide and results from a complex immunological interaction between genetic susceptibility and environmental factors. Autovaccination with E. coli induces a strong TH-1 immune response, th...

    Authors: Markus A Rose, Bianca Weigand, Ralf Schubert, Johannes Schulze and Stefan Zielen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:45

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  14. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs are becoming increasingly common, but have not been studied in low income minority older populations. We sought to understand which parts of MBSR were most im...

    Authors: Sarah L Szanton, Jennifer Wenzel, Amy B Connolly and Rachel L Piferi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:44

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  15. The emergence in recent years of numerous resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria to a range of formerly efficient antibiotics constitutes a serious threat to public health. Crassocephalum bauchiense, a medicina...

    Authors: Raymond S Mouokeu, Rosalie AN Ngono, Paul K Lunga, Martin M Koanga, Alambert T Tiabou, Guy SS Njateng, Jean DD Tamokou and Jules-Roger Kuiate

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:43

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  16. Artocarpus communis is used traditionally in Cameroon to treat several ailments, including infectious and associated diseases. This work was therefore designed to investigate the antimicrobial activities of the ...

    Authors: Victor Kuete, Patrick Y Ango, Ghislain W Fotso, Gilbert DWF Kapche, Jean P Dzoyem, Arlette G Wouking, Bonaventure T Ngadjui and Berhanu M Abegaz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:42

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  17. Naturopaths and Western herbal medicine (WHM) practitioners were surveyed to identify their extent, experience and roles within the community pharmacy setting and to explore their attitudes to integration of c...

    Authors: Lesley A Braun, Ondine Spitzer, Evelin Tiralongo, Jenny M Wilkinson, Michael Bailey, Susan Poole and Michael Dooley

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:41

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  18. Bitter cumin (Centratherum anthelminticum (L.) Kuntze), is a medicinally important plant. Earlier, we have reported phenolic compounds, antioxidant, and anti-hyperglycemic, antimicrobial activity of bitter cumin....

    Authors: V Ani and Kamatham A Naidu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:40

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  19. In traditional Chinese and Korean medicine, an aqueous extract derived from wood and bark of the Japanese spice bush Lindera obtusiloba (L.obtusiloba) is applied to treat inflammations and chronic liver diseases ...

    Authors: Christian Freise, Martin Ruehl, Ulrike Erben, Ulf Neumann, Daniel Seehofer, Ki Young Kim, Wolfram Trowitzsch-Kienast, Thorsten Stroh, Martin Zeitz and Rajan Somasundaram

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:39

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  20. Cellular damage induced by free-radicals like Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species (ROS and RNS) has been implicated in several disorders and diseases, including ageing. Hence naturally occurring anti-oxidant ...

    Authors: Sourav Mukherjee, Nayana Pawar, Omkar Kulkarni, Bhagyashri Nagarkar, Shrikant Thopte, Akshay Bhujbal and Pankaj Pawar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:38

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  21. Cancers are some of the leading causes of human deaths worldwide and their relative importance continues to increase. Since an increasing proportion of cancer patients are acquiring resistance to traditional c...

    Authors: Supawadee Umthong, Preecha Phuwapraisirisan, Songchan Puthong and Chanpen Chanchao

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:37

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  22. Study of in vivo antifungal activity of the hydroalcoholic extract (HE) and n-BuOH extract (BUTE) of Sapindus saponaria against azole-susceptible and -resistant human vaginal Candida spp.

    Authors: Edílson Damke, Joyce K Tsuzuki, Diógenes AG Cortez, Izabel CP Ferreira, Thâmara A Bertoni, Márcia R Batista, Lucélia Donati, Terezinha IE Svidzinski and Márcia EL Consolaro

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:35

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  23. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is marked with chronic inflammation of intestinal epithelium driven by oxidative stress. Traditional treatments with plant extracts gained renewed interest due to their ability...

    Authors: Pankaj Pawar, Suhit Gilda, Siddhesh Sharma, Suresh Jagtap, Anant Paradkar, Kakasaheb Mahadik, Prabhakar Ranjekar and Abhay Harsulkar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:34

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  24. The leaves and roots of Cissampelos mucronata A. Rich (Menispermaceae) are widely used in the tropics and subtropics to manage various ailments such as gastro-intestinal complaints, menstrual problems, venereal d...

    Authors: Ramadhani S O Nondo, Zakaria H Mbwambo, Abdul W Kidukuli, Ester M Innocent, Matobola J Mihale, Paul Erasto and Mainen J Moshi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:33

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  25. Atherosclerosis is a major cause of death in developed world. Atherosclerosis is characterized by low-density lipoprotein deposition in the arterial wall which ultimately begets the formation of lesions. Ruptu...

    Authors: Judy Y Chan, Johnny C Koon, Ping-Chung Leung, Chun-Tao Che and Kwok-Pui Fung

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:32

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  26. Aqueous extract of Piper sarmentosum (AEPS) is known to possess antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic activities but the mechanism responsible for it remains unclear. In early part of atherosclerosis, nuclear fact...

    Authors: Azizah Ugusman, Zaiton Zakaria, Chua Kien Hui and Nor Anita Megat Mohd Nordin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:31

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  27. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use, including herbals and multivitamin supplements, is quite common in the U.S., and has been shown to be highest in breast cancer survivors. However, limited data...

    Authors: Mireille Bright-Gbebry, Kepher H Makambi, JoyAnn Phillips Rohan, Adana A Llanos, Lynn Rosenberg, Julie R Palmer and Lucile L Adams-Campbell

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:30

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  28. Thymoquinone is an active principle of Nigella sativa seed known as "Habbah Al-Sauda" in Arabic countries and "Sinouj" in Tunisia. Bacterial biofilms tend to exhibit significant tolerance to antimicrobials drugs ...

    Authors: Kamel Chaieb, Bochra Kouidhi, Hanene Jrah, Kacem Mahdouani and Amina Bakhrouf

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:29

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  29. Tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), is the most notified disease in the world. Development of resistance to first line drugs by MTB is a public health concern. As a result, there is the sear...

    Authors: Ezekiel Green, Lawrence C Obi, Amidou Samie, Pascal O Bessong and Roland N Ndip

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:28

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  30. Complementary and Alternative Medicine use and how it impacts health care utilization in the United States Military is not well documented. Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study we describe the character...

    Authors: Martin R White, Isabel G Jacobson, Besa Smith, Timothy S Wells, Gary D Gackstetter, Edward J Boyko and Tyler C Smith

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:27

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  31. Most research on the impact of mind-body training does not ask about participants' baseline experience, expectations, or preferences for training. To better plan participant-centered mind-body intervention tri...

    Authors: Kathi Kemper, Sally Bulla, Deborah Krueger, Mary Jane Ott, Jane A McCool and Paula Gardiner

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:26

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  32. Arctium lappa, known as burdock, is widely used in popular medicine for hypertension, gout, hepatitis and other inflammatory disorders. Pharmacological studies indicated that burdock roots have hepatoprotective,...

    Authors: Fabricia S Predes, Ana LTG Ruiz, João E Carvalho, Mary A Foglio and Heidi Dolder

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:25

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  33. Acorus calamus (family: Araceae), is an indigenous plant, traditionally it is used as an ingredient of various cocktail preparations and for the management of severe inflammatory disorders in Indian system of me...

    Authors: Arunachalam Muthuraman and Nirmal Singh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:24

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  34. Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight et Arn. (Mimosaceae) is largely used in ethno-medically across Africa, and mainly employed for the treatment of asthma in Ivory Coast and Gabon. The paper analyses the relaxation...

    Authors: Raissa RR Aworet-Samseny, Alain Souza, Fidele Kpahé, Kiessoun Konaté and Jacques Y Datté

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:23

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  35. Acupuncture can be described as a complex intervention. In reports of clinical trials the mechanism of acupuncture (that is, the process by which change is effected) is often left unstated or not known. This i...

    Authors: Sarah Price, Andrew F Long, Mary Godfrey and Kate J Thomas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:22

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  36. Vitiligo is a common hypopigmentation disorder with significant psychological impact if occurring before adulthood. A pilot clinical trial to determine the feasibility of an RCT was conducted and is reported h...

    Authors: Orest Szczurko, Neil Shear, Anna Taddio and Heather Boon

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:21

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  37. Preoperative anxiety and physical unfitness have been shown to have adverse effects on recovery from cardiac surgery. This study involving cardiac surgery patients was primarily aimed at assessing the feasibil...

    Authors: Franklin Rosenfeldt, Lesley Braun, Ondine Spitzer, Scott Bradley, Judy Shepherd, Michael Bailey, Juliana van der Merwe, Jee -Yoong Leong and Donald Esmore

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:20

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  38. Attention and interest in the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has been reawakened globally. Evidence from studies carried out in different parts of the world has established that CAM use is...

    Authors: Jane-lovena E Onyiapat, Ijeoma L Okoronkwo and Ngozi P Ogbonnaya

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:19

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  39. Vaginal candidiasis is a frequent and common distressing disease affecting up to 75% of the women of fertile age; most of these women have recurrent episodes. Essential oils from aromatic plants have been show...

    Authors: Donatella Pietrella, Letizia Angiolella, Elisabetta Vavala, Anna Rachini, Francesca Mondello, Rino Ragno, Francesco Bistoni and Anna Vecchiarelli

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:18

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  40. The present study was conducted to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo antioxidant properties of aqueous extract of Podophyllum hexandrum. The antioxidant potential of the plant extract under in vitro situations wa...

    Authors: Showkat Ahmad Ganie, Ehtishamul Haq, Abid Hamid, Yasrib Qurishi, Zahid Mahmood, Bilal Ahmad Zargar, Akbar Masood and Mohmmad Afzal Zargar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:17

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  41. Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra L.) are well known as supportive agents against common cold and influenza. It is further known that bacterial super-infection during an influenza virus (IV) infection can lead t...

    Authors: Christian Krawitz, Mobarak Abu Mraheil, Michael Stein, Can Imirzalioglu, Eugen Domann, Stephan Pleschka and Torsten Hain

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:16

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  42. Experimental studies have revealed that green tea catechins and theanine prevent influenza infection, while the clinical evidence has been inconclusive. This study was conducted to determine whether taking gre...

    Authors: Keiji Matsumoto, Hiroshi Yamada, Norikata Takuma, Hitoshi Niino and Yuko M Sagesaka

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:15

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  43. Several herbs are traditionally used in the treatment of a variety of ailments particularly in the rural areas of South Africa where herbal medicine is mainly the source of health care system. Many of these he...

    Authors: Mary A Bisi-Johnson, Chikwelu L Obi, Toshio Hattori, Yoshiteru Oshima, Shenwei Li, Learnmore Kambizi, Jacobus N Eloff and Sandeep D Vasaikar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:14

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  44. Food preservation is basically done to preserve the natural characteristics and appearance of the food and to increase the shelf life of food. Food preservatives in use are natural, chemical and artificial. Ke...

    Authors: Deepika Gupta and Rajinder K Gupta

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:13

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  45. Many medicinal plants from Leguminosae family can be found easily in Malaysia. These plants have been used as traditional medicines by local ethnic groups, where they are prepared as decoction, pastes for woun...

    Authors: Yik Ling Chew, Elaine Wan Ling Chan, Pei Ling Tan, Yau Yan Lim, Johnson Stanslas and Joo Kheng Goh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:12

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  46. Conventionally the active ingredients in herbal extracts are separated into individual components, by fractionation, desalting, and followed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). In this study we h...

    Authors: Annirudha J Chillar, Parastoo Karimi, Kathy Tang and Ke-He Ruan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:11

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  47. Cytokines play a key role in the immune response to developing tumors, and therefore modulating their levels and actions provides innovative strategies for enhancing the activity of antigen presenting cells an...

    Authors: Heba A Alshaker, Nidal A Qinna, Fadi Qadan, Mona Bustami and Khalid Z Matalka

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:9

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