Immunologic Factors

Publication Title: 
Aktuelle Urologie

The so-called interstitial cystitis is a chronic pain syndrome rather than a purely end organ disease of the urinary bladder. New suggestions for definitions and nomenclature take this into consideration. Since aetiology and pathogenesis are still unknown a treatment of the cause is still not possible. There are neither evidence-based treatment algorithms nor a so-called standard therapy. Numerous therapeutic approaches have been tried up to now. These attempts can be divided into oral, intravesical, surgical and physical procedures.

Author(s): 
Binder, I.
Rossbach, G.
van Ophoven, A.
Publication Title: 
Aktuelle Urologie

The so-called interstitial cystitis is a chronic pain syndrome rather than a purely end organ disease of the urinary bladder. New suggestions for definitions and nomenclature take this into consideration. Since aetiology and pathogenesis are still unknown a treatment of the cause is still not possible. There are neither evidence-based treatment algorithms nor a so-called standard therapy. Numerous therapeutic approaches have been tried up to now. These attempts can be divided into oral, intravesical, surgical and physical procedures.

Author(s): 
Binder, I.
Rossbach, G.
van Ophoven, A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Shilajit is a multi-component natural occurring mineral substance used in Ayurveda and Siddha systems of medicine which originated in India. Its source can be traced to the mountainous regions, where the hilly tribes first identified its beneficial use. Shilajit is aptly referred to as 'rasayana'/'rasayanam' in Ayurveda and Siddha literature which means rejuvenator because it prevents ailment and enhances the quality of life.

Author(s): 
Wilson, Eugene
Rajamanickam, G. Victor
Dubey, G. Prasad
Klose, Petra
Musial, Frauke
Saha, F. Joyonto
Rampp, Thomas
Michalsen, Andreas
Dobos, Gustav J.
Publication Title: 
Phytotherapy research: PTR

A multicomponent herbal formula Ledretan-96 was tested on an epithelial tissue culture cell line (MDCK) for its protective activity against cytopathic effects caused by influenza A virus. The whole formula and each of its 23 individual components were tested in the same system. The results indicated that the formula, when prepared according to established procedure, in the form of decoction, is active in protecting epithelial cells against damage caused by influenza A virus used at different dosages.

Author(s): 
Badmaev, V.
Nowakowski, M.
Publication Title: 
Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology

American Elapid snakes (Coral Snakes) comprise the genera Leptomicrurus, Micruroides and Micrurus, which form a vast taxonomic assembly of 330 species distributed from the South of United States to the southern region of South America. In order to obtain venom for animal immunizations aimed at antivenom production, Coral Snakes must be kept in captivity and submitted periodically to venom extraction procedures. Thus, to maintain a snake colony in good health for this purpose, a complete alternative diet utilizing an easily obtained prey animal is desirable.

Author(s): 
ChacÛn, Danilo
RodrÌguez, Santos
Arias, JazmÌn
Solano, Gabriela
Bonilla, Fabi·n
GÛmez, AarÛn
Publication Title: 
Health Services Research

OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of benefit generosity and household health care financial burden on the demand for specialty drugs in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Enrollment, claims, and benefit design information for 35 large private employers during 2000-2005. STUDY DESIGN: We estimated multivariate models of the effects of benefit generosity and household financial burden on initiation and continuation of biologic therapies.

Author(s): 
Karaca-Mandic, Pinar
Joyce, Geoffrey F.
Goldman, Dana P.
Laouri, Marianne
Publication Title: 
Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Recent studies have indicated the profound anti-tumor activity of artemisinin's compounds, among which; arteether is an oil-soluble derivative of artemisinin with an endoperoxide bridge that can induce apoptosis in tumor cells but not in the normal cells. An experiment was carried out on tumor-bearing Balb/c mice to estimate the effects of Arteether on tumor growth and antitumor immune responses. Briefly, 6mg/kg/day of Arteether and diluents were administered to two groups of mice. Tumor sizes were measured using digital verniercallipers.

Author(s): 
Azimi Mohamadabadi, Maryam
Hassan, Zuhair Muhammad
Zavaran Hosseini, Ahmad
Noori, Shekoofe
Mahdavi, Mehdi
Maroufizadeh, Saman
Maroof, Hamidreza
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: The leaves of Stachytarpheta cayennensis C. Rich. (Verbenaceae) have been reported to possess potent anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial activities. Due to close association between inflammatory and immune responses, we evaluated the immunomodulatory activity of leaves extract of S. cayennensis. The combined effects of the leaves extract and artesunate, a standard antimalarial agent with immunomodulatory effects, were also evaluated. METHODS: The immunomodulatory activity of the methanol extract of the leaves of S.

Author(s): 
Okoye, Theophine C.
Akah, Peter A.
Ezike, Adaobi C.
Uzor, Philip F.
Odoh, Uchenna E.
Igboeme, Sebastian O.
Onwuka, Uchechi B.
Okafor, Sunday N.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

OBJECTIVES: In traditional medicine, plants have formed the basis of sophisticated systems that have been in existence for thousands of years and still provide mankind with new remedies. Cymbopogon martinii, known as palmarosa, has been used in aromatherapy as a skin tonic due to its antimicrobial properties. It has also used in Ayurvedic medicine for skin problems and to relieve nerve pain. The immunomodulatory action of C.?martinii essential oil (EO) and geraniol was evaluated regarding the production of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-?

Author(s): 
Murbach Teles Andrade, Bruna Fernanda
Conti, Bruno Jos�
Santiago, Karina Basso
Fernandes J�nior, Ary
Sforcin, Jos� Maur�cio
Publication Title: 
Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

Rasayana tantra is one of the eight specialties of Ayurveda. It is a specialized practice in the form of rejuvenative recipes, dietary regimen, special health promoting behaviour and drugs. Properly administered Rasayana can bestow the human being with several benefits like longevity, memory, intelligence, freedom from diseases, youthful age, excellence of luster, complexion and voice, optimum strength of physique and sense organs, respectability and brilliance. Various types of plant based Rasayana recipes are mentioned in Ayurveda.

Author(s): 
Balasubramani, Subramani Paranthaman
Venkatasubramanian, Padma
Kukkupuni, Subrahmanya Kumar
Patwardhan, Bhushan

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