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Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the extent of use of complementary and alternative systems of medicine by different segments of society and to identify the diseases in which they have been found to be effective. METHODS: This was a questionnaire-based descriptive study carried out from April 2002 to March 2004, in selected urban and rural areas of four provinces of Pakistan representing general strata of population from various socioeconomic conditions.

Author(s): 
Shaikh, Shahzad H.
Malik, Farnaz
James, Henry
Abdul, Hamid
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

Despite significant advances and development of novel anti-emetics, nausea and vomiting (emesis) is a major side-effect of cancer chemotherapy. At times, severe nausea and vomiting may also lead to reduction in adherence to the treatment regimen, and this will concomitantly affect the patient's survival. The rhizome of Zingiber officinale, commonly known as ginger, is globally an important spice. It has been used for centuries in the Indian, Chinese, Arabic, Tibetan, Unani, and Siddha systems of traditional medicine to treat nausea and vomiting induced by different stimuli.

Author(s): 
Haniadka, Raghavendra
Rajeev, Antappa Govindaraju
Palatty, Princy L.
Arora, Rajesh
Baliga, Manjeshwar S.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: GP-TCM is the first EU-funded Coordination Action consortium dedicated to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) research. One of the key deliverables of the Work Package 7 in GP-TCM was to investigate information of the existing requirements for registration of TCM products listed by global regulatory bodies. The paper aims to collate data and draw comparison of these regulations. Case studies are also presented to illustrate the problems involved in registering TCM products in different regions worldwide.

Author(s): 
Fan, Tai-Ping
Deal, Greer
Koo, Hoi-Lun
Rees, Daryl
Sun, He
Chen, Shaw
Dou, Jin-Hui
Makarov, Valery G.
Pozharitskaya, Olga N.
Shikov, Alexander N.
Kim, Yeong Shik
Huang, Yi-Tsau
Chang, Yuan Shiun
Jia, William
Dias, Alberto
Wong, Vivian Chi-Woon
Chan, Kelvin
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Studies on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), like those of other systems of traditional medicine (TM), are very variable in their quality, content and focus, resulting in issues around their acceptability to the global scientific community.

Author(s): 
Chan, Kelvin
Shaw, Debbie
Simmonds, Monique S. J.
Leon, Christine J.
Xu, Qihe
Lu, Aiping
Sutherland, Ian
Ignatova, Svetlana
Zhu, You-Ping
Verpoorte, Rob
Williamson, Elizabeth M.
Duez, Pierre
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the extent of use of complementary and alternative systems of medicine by different segments of society and to identify the diseases in which they have been found to be effective. METHODS: This was a questionnaire-based descriptive study carried out from April 2002 to March 2004, in selected urban and rural areas of four provinces of Pakistan representing general strata of population from various socioeconomic conditions.

Author(s): 
Shaikh, Shahzad H.
Malik, Farnaz
James, Henry
Abdul, Hamid
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: GP-TCM is the first EU-funded Coordination Action consortium dedicated to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) research. One of the key deliverables of the Work Package 7 in GP-TCM was to investigate information of the existing requirements for registration of TCM products listed by global regulatory bodies. The paper aims to collate data and draw comparison of these regulations. Case studies are also presented to illustrate the problems involved in registering TCM products in different regions worldwide.

Author(s): 
Fan, Tai-Ping
Deal, Greer
Koo, Hoi-Lun
Rees, Daryl
Sun, He
Chen, Shaw
Dou, Jin-Hui
Makarov, Valery G.
Pozharitskaya, Olga N.
Shikov, Alexander N.
Kim, Yeong Shik
Huang, Yi-Tsau
Chang, Yuan Shiun
Jia, William
Dias, Alberto
Wong, Vivian Chi-Woon
Chan, Kelvin
Publication Title: 
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine

Plants are used as medicine since ancient time, in organized (Ayurveda, Unani & Siddha) and unorganized (folk, native & tribal) form. In these systems, drugs are described either in Sanskrit or vernacular languages. Avartani (Helicteres isora Linn.) is a medicinal plant which is used in several diseases. It is commonly known as Marodphali, Marorphali, Enthani etc. due to screw like appearance of its fruit. Avartani is used as a folk medicine to treat snake bite, diarrhoea and constipation of new born baby.

Author(s): 
Kumar, Nirmal
Singh, Anil Kumar
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine

BACKGROUND: Traditional medicine in India can be classified into codified (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy) and non-codified (folk medicine) systems. Both the systems contributing equally to the primary healthcare in India. The present study is aimed to understand the current scenario of medicinal practices of non-codified system of traditional medicine in Belgaum region, India. METHODS: The study has been conducted as a basic survey of identified non-codified traditional practitioners by convenience sampling with semi structured, open ended interviews and discussions.

Author(s): 
Upadhya, Vinayak
Hegde, Harsha V.
Bhat, Shripad
Kholkute, Sanjiva D.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine

BACKGROUND: Nutmeg a well-known spice used as a folk medicine in India to treat stomach ailments. Worldwide it is commonly used for food preservation and fragrance. Abundant references were given for nutmeg in ayurveda, unani, and siddha as a single drug or as an important constituent in formulations. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, nutmeg aqueous extract (NMAET) was evaluated against isoproterenol (ISO)-induced hepatotoxicity and oxidative stress. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Antioxidant enzymes, liver functions tests, and lipid profile tests were performed using standard procedures.

Author(s): 
Kareem, Mohammed Abdul
Gadhamsetty, Saayi Krushna
Shaik, Althaf Hussain
Prasad, E. Maruthi
Kodidhela, Lakshmi Devi
Publication Title: 
Ancient Science of Life

Few plants which are frequently used for curing dermal diseases by the common man and are occasionally prescribed in Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine have been recorded from Bhopal and its suburbs, and folk lores collected. The same have been described in a brief communications along with their significant macroscopic characters and mode of administration. The environmental conditions and ecological factors which favour their optimum growth have also been studied.

Author(s): 
Khan, S. S.
Chaghtai, S. A.

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