Evaluation of efficacy and safety of a herbal medcine used for the treatment of malaria

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Legon, Gana.
Phytotherapy Research (Impact Factor: 2.66). 06/2003; 17(6):697-701. DOI: 10.1002/ptr.1196
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Resistance of Plasmodium falciparum to chloroquine has been reported in several countries. Other anti-malarial drugs in use are expensive and not readily accessible to most people in malaria endemic countries. This has led to renewed interest in the development of herbal medicines that have the potential to treat malaria with little or no side effects. This study obtained a preliminary information on the safety and effectiveness of a plant decoction (AM-1), used in treating malaria. The AM-1 is formulated from Jatropha curcas, Gossypium hirsutum, Physalis angulata and Delonix regia. Patients with suspected malaria attending a herbal clinic were enrolled in the study on voluntary basis. They were hospitalized for treatment, clinical observation, biochemical and haematological monitoring, and parasite clearance while on AM-1. In addition male and female Sprague Dawley rats were used to evaluate the acute and subchronic toxicity effects of AM-1. The AM-1 eliminated malaria parasites (Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium malarie) from the peripheral blood of patients with malaria. In addition the AM-1 did not show any undesired effects in the patients as well as in laboratory rats. The AM-1, however, showed differential effect on the activities of selected cytochrome P450 isozymes (7-pentoxyresorufin-O-depentylation, 7-ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylation and p-nitrophenol hydroxylase) in relation to sex of the laboratory rats. These results indicate that AM-1 could be used to treat malaria. However, it could precipitate interactions with other drugs via their biotransformation and elimination. The obtained data warrant further studies in a large number of malaria subjects with monitoring for possible drug interactions.

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    • "Physalis angulata L. present in the tropics as well as sub-tropical areas, including Taiwan. Physalis angulata L. has been widely used to treat malaria, asthma, hepatitis, dermatitis, and for rheumatism [3]–[5]. It was already found that extracts from Physalis angulata L. had anticancer activity [6]–[9], but no further mechanisms of apoptosis pathway have been studied in these ten years. "
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    PLoS ONE 07/2012; 7(7):e40727. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0040727 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "The leaves are reported to antibacterial (J. Parekh et al., 2005) and antimalarial (N.A. Ankrah et al., 2003). "

    International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences 05/2012; 3(3):369-372.
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    • "Ethanolic extracts of flower and bark were investigated to anti-inflammatory activity in rats [4]. The leaves are reported to antibacterial [5] and antimalarial [6]. Delonix regia contains proteins, flavonoids, tannins, phenolic compounds, glycosides, sterols, and triterpenoids. "
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    ABSTRACT: The present work was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of Delonix regia leaves (Family: Caesalpiniaceae). The powder of Delonix regia leaves was subjected to extraction with ethanol in soxhlet extractor. The ethanol extract after preliminary phytochemical investigation showed the presence of sterols, triterpenoids, phenolic compounds and flavonoids. The anti-inflammatory activity was studied using carrageenan-induced rat paw edema and cotton pellet granuloma at a three different doses (100, 200, and 400 mg/kg b.w. p.o.) of ethanol extract. The ethanol extract of Delonix regia leaves was exhibited significant anti-inflammatory activity at the dose of 400 mg/kg in both models when compared with control group. Indomethacin (10 mg/kg b.w. p.o) was also shown significant anti-inflammatory activity in both models.
    Advances in Pharmacological Sciences 01/2012; 2012(2):789713. DOI:10.1155/2012/789713
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