Thursday, 13 September 2012

Aloe vera gel and diabetes type 2

Anti-hyperglycemic and anti-hypercholesterolemic effects of Aloe vera leaf gel in hyperlipidemic type 2 diabetic patients: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial.
Planta Med. 2012 Mar;78(4):311-6
Authors: Huseini HF, Kianbakht S, Hajiaghaee R, Dabaghian FH
Diabetes mellitus type 2 with dyslipidemia is a common disease. Previous studies suggest that aloe (Aloe vera L.) leaf gel may positively affect the blood glucose and lipid levels in dyslipidemic type 2 diabetic patients.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Adulteration of Bupleurum chinensis

Discovery of GABA(A) receptor modulator aristolactone in a commercial sample of the Chinese herbal drug "Chaihu" (Bupleurum chinense roots) unravels adulteration by nephrotoxic Aristolochia manshuriensis roots.
Planta Med. 2012 Feb;78(3):207-10
Authors: Rueda DC, Zaugg J, Quitschau M, Reich E, Hering S, Hamburger M
In a two-microelectrode voltage clamp assay using Xenopus laevis oocytes, a petroleum ether extract prepared from a commercial sample of the traditional Chinese herbal drug labelled as " Chaihu" (Bupleurum chinense DC. roots) enhanced the I(GABA) by 156 % ± 22 % when tested at 100 µg/mL.