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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 293-295

A comparison of traditional anti-inflammation and anti-infection medicinal plants with current evidence from biomedical research: Results from a regional study

Applied Sciences, Nutrition Research Laboratory, Kin-9600, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6, Canada

Correspondence Address:
A Vieira
Nutrition Research Laboratory, Applied Sciences K9600, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., V5A 1S6
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-8490.72326

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Background: In relation to pharmacognosy, an objective of many ethnobotanical studies is to identify plant species to be further investigated, for example, tested in disease models related to the ethnomedicinal application. To further warrant such testing, research evidence for medicinal applications of these plants (or of their major phytochemical constituents and metabolic derivatives) is typically analyzed in biomedical databases. Methods: As a model of this process, the current report presents novel information regarding traditional anti-inflammation and anti-infection medicinal plant use. This information was obtained from an interview-based ethnobotanical study; and was compared with current biomedical evidence using the Medline® database. Results: Of the 8 anti-infection plant species identified in the ethnobotanical study, 7 have related activities reported in the database; and of the 6 anti-inflammation plants, 4 have related activities in the database. Conclusion: Based on novel and complimentary results from the ethnobotanical and biomedical database analyses, it is suggested that some of these plants warrant additional investigation of potential anti-inflammatory or anti-infection activities in related disease models, and also additional studies in other population groups.

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