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Recent advances in herbal medicines treating Parkinson's disease.
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PMID:  23266574     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Herbal medicines have attracted considerable attention in recent years, which are used to treat Parkinson's disease (PD) in China based on traditional Chinese medicine or modern pharmacological theories. We summarized and analyzed the anti-Parkinsonian activities of herbal medicines and herbal formulations investigated in PD models and provide future references for basic and clinical investigations. All the herbal medicines and herbal formulations were tested on PD models in vitro and in vivo. The relevant compounds and herbal extracts with anti-Parkinsonian activities were included and analyzed according to their genera or pharmacological activities. A total of 38 herbal medicines and 11 herbal formulations were analyzed. The relevant compounds, herbal extracts and fromulations were reported to be effective on PD models by modulating multiple key events or signaling pathways implicated in the pathogenesis of PD. The plant species of these herbal medicines belong to 24 genera and 18 families, such as Acanthopanax, Alpinia and Astragalus, etc. These herbal medicines can be an alternative and valuable source for anti-Parkinsonian drug discovery. The plant species in these genera and families may be the most promising candidates for further investigation and deserve further consideration in clinical trials. Active components in some of the herbal extracts and the compatibility law of herbal formulations remain to be further investigated.
Xu-Zhao Li; Shuai-Nan Zhang; Shu-Min Liu; Fang Lu
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Fitoterapia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-6971     ISO Abbreviation:  Fitoterapia     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  16930290R     Medline TA:  Fitoterapia     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin 150040, PR China.
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