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Assessing African medicinal plants for efficacy and safety: pharmacological screening and toxicology.
This paper reviews progress in establishing the scientific rationale for and safety of traditional medicine use in Africa. Selected plants were screened for antibacterial, antifungal, anthelmintic,Expand
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Inflammation: the foundation of diseases and disorders. A review of phytomedicines of South African origin used to treat pain and inflammatory conditions.
Great interest in herbal medicine as a potential source of phytopharmaceuticals has created the need to review common factors responsible for major diseases and body disorders. This review shows oneExpand
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Antibacterial, anthelmintic and anti-amoebic activity in South African medicinal plants.
Hexane, ethanol and water extracts of plants used by South African traditional healers for treating stomach ailments were screened for antibacterial, anthelmintic and anti-amoebic activities. ToExpand
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The biological activity and chemistry of the southern African Combretaceae.
AIM OF THE STUDY Members of the Combretaceae family are widely traded in the traditional medicine market in southern Africa. The family is also used for medicinal purposes in the rest of Africa andExpand
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The potential of South African plants against Mycobacterium infections.
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE In South Africa, tuberculosis (TB) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the most commonly notified disease and the fifth largest cause of mortality, with one in tenExpand
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Four pentacyclic triterpenoids with antifungal and antibacterial activity from Curtisia dentata (Burm.f) C.A. Sm. leaves.
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Curtisia dentata is used in southern Africa to treat various diseases of bacterial and fungal origin in humans and animals to such a degree that the species isExpand
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An investigation on the biological activity of Combretum species.
Leaf extracts of 20 Combretum species, many of which are used in southern African traditional medicine, were screened for anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, anti-bilharzia (antischistosomal) andExpand
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Towards the scientific validation of traditional medicinal plants
A large proportion of the population of developing countries usestraditional medicine alone, or in combination with Western drugs to treat awide variety of ailments. There has seldom been effectiveExpand
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Antifungal and antibacterial activity of seven traditionally used South African plant species active against Candida albicans
Abstract Leaf extracts of seven South African plant species with minimal inhibitory concentrations of 0.1 mg/ml and below against Candida albicans based on a preliminary screening were evaluated forExpand
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Ethnoveterinary use of southern African plants and scientific evaluation of their medicinal properties.
AIM OF THE STUDY Livestock keepers in many developing countries with restricted access to orthodox veterinary healthcare services commonly use traditional remedies to treat their animals when diseaseExpand
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