Publication Title: 
World Journal of Gastroenterology

In China, acupuncture has been considered an effective method for treating gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction diseases for thousands of years. In fact, acupuncture has gained progressive acceptance from both practitioners and patients worldwide. However, the therapeutic effects and underlying mechanisms in treating GI dysfunction have not yet been established due to a lack of systematic and comprehensive review articles. Therefore, the aim of this review is to discuss the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for GI dysfunction and the associated underlying mechanisms.

Li, Hui
He, Tian
Xu, Qian
Li, Zhe
Liu, Yan
Li, Fang
Yang, Bo-Feng
Liu, Cun-Zhi
Publication Title: 
Scientific Reports

Acupuncture has been used for patients with stroke and post-stroke rehabilitation for thousands of years. Previous studies reported that acupuncture enhanced stroke recovery through neurogenesis. Hence, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis for preclinical studies to assess the current evidence for acupuncture effect on neurogenesis in treating ischaemic stroke.

Lu, Lin
Zhang, Xiao-guang
Zhong, Linda L. D.
Chen, Zi-xian
Li, Yan
Zheng, Guo-Qing
Bian, Zhao-Xiang
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: Reviews of empirical work on the efficacy of noncontact healing have found that adopting various practices that incorporate an intention to heal can have some positive effect upon the recipient's wellbeing. However, such reviews focus on 'whole' human participants who might be susceptible to expectancy effects or benefit from the healing intentions of friends, family or their own religious groups.

Roe, Chris A.
Sonnex, Charmaine
Roxburgh, Elizabeth C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

This paper reports on the results of a literature survey involving 166 different species of plants used in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia, based on a sampling of the literature available to us. We found a wide range of clinical and other in vivo studies for many of the plant-based therapies utilized in the Ayurvedic system. Of the 166 plants investigated, 72 (43%) had at least one or more human studies and 103 (62%) had one or more animal studies.

Khan, S.
Balick, M. J.
Publication Title: 
Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy = Biomedecine & Pharmacotherapie

Embelia ribes (ER) has been documented in Ayurveda for treating various diseases, including diabetes mellitus (DM). The present systematic review and meta-analysis evaluated the efficacy and safety of ER and its active bio-marker, embelin and its derivatives in the treatment of DM. Literature search was performed in PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus, ScienceDirect, Scifinder, and Google Scholar.

Durg, Sharanbasappa
Veerapur, Veeresh P.
Neelima, Satrasala
Dhadde, Shivsharan B.
Publication Title: 
Phytotherapy research: PTR

Searching for new natural drugs that are capable of targeting Th1 and Th17 may lead to development of more effective treatments for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Most of the natural drugs can be derived from plants that are used in traditional medicine and folk medicine. The aim of this systematic review is to identify and introduce plants or plant derivatives that are effective on inflammatory diseases by inhibiting Th1 and Th17 responses.

Asadi-Samani, Majid
Bagheri, Nader
Rafieian-Kopaei, Mahmoud
Shirzad, Hedayatollah
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Adhatoda vasica (L.) Nees is a well-known plant drug in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. It has been used for the treatment of various diseases and disorders, particularly for the respiratory tract ailments. During the last 20 years, several scientific reports on oxytocic and abortifacient effects of vasicine and alkaloid derived from the plant have appeared. This leads to questions concerning the safety of A. vasica as a herbal medicine.

Claeson, U. P.
Malmfors, T.
Wikman, G.
Bruhn, J. G.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ayurveda has its unique perceptions and resultant methodologies for defining and treating human diseases. Fumigation therapy is one of the several treatment methods described in Ayurveda whereby fumes produced from defined drug formulations are inhaled by patients. This therapeutic procedure offers promising research opportunities from phytochemical and ethnopharmacological viewpoints, however, it remains under-noticed.

Vishnuprasad, Chethala N.
Pradeep, Nediyamparambu Sukumaran
Cho, Yong Woo
Gangadharan, Geethalayam Gopinathan
Han, Sung Soo
Publication Title: 
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine

Origin of ancient Indian toxicology can be dated back to vedic literature. Toxins of both animate and inanimate world were very well understood during the era. Rig and Atharva vedic texts describe such details. After classifying such toxins, Charaka Samhitha, the basic literature of Indian Medicine used gold and ghee as panaceas to counter act them. Ayurveda considers toxicology as one among the eight specialized branches of medical wisdom. Unfortunately, the available literature on this is very limited. Moreover, they have been discussed briefly in Charaka and Sushrutha Samhitha.

Bhat, Sathyanarayana
Udupa, Kumaraswamy
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Official Journal of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Piplartine (piperlongumine, 5,6-dihydro-1-[(2E)-1-oxo-3-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)-2-propenyl]-2(1H)-pyridinone) is a biologically active alkaloid/amide from peppers, as from long pepper (Piper longum L. - Piperaceae). Long pepper is one of the most widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, which is used to treat many diseases, including tumors.

Bezerra, Daniel P.
Pessoa, Claudia
de Moraes, Manoel O.
Saker-Neto, Nicolau
Silveira, Edilberto R.
Costa-Lotufo, Leticia V.


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