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Efficacy and Safety of Medicinal Plants Used in the Management of Diabetes Mellitus

Call for Papers

The use of plants in medicine is an age-long practice in various parts of the globe for both preventive and curative purposes. Several warnings have been issued over lack of quality control, scientific evidence for the efficacy, and potential adverse effects of herbal remedies including hepatotoxicity, nephrotoxicity, cardiotoxicity, and reproductive toxicity among others. Despite all of these, reliance on herbs as medicine for the management of diabetes mellitus is still much practiced by a large proportion of the world population because it is readily available, affordable, and perceived reduced toxicity. Therefore, with the upsurge of interests in medicinal plants, there is need for thorough scientific investigations of these plants for both efficacy and potential toxicity.

We invite researchers to submit original research and review articles on efficacy/pharmacology and overall safety/toxicology of medicinal plants involved in the treatment and/or management of diabetes mellitus. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Justification for therapeutic properties of these botanicals/natural products in traditional medicine as antidiabetic agents
  • Mechanism of action of these medicinal plants in the management of diabetes mellitus
  • Recent development in medicinal plants and diabetes mellitus
  • Toxicological effects associated with the use of medicinal plants/natural products in diabetic conditions
  • Mechanistic approach to the toxicity/safety of medicinal plants used as antidiabetic agents

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/author/submit/journals/ecam/medp/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 30 August 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 22 November 2013
Publication DateFriday, 17 January 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Musa T. Yakubu, Phytomedicine, Toxicology and Reproductive Biochemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

Guest Editors

  • Taofik O. Sunmonu, Phytomedicine and Environmental Toxicology Research Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Francis B. Lewu, Department of Agriculture, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Cape Peninsula University, Wellington Campus, Wellington 7655, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Anafi O. T. Ashafa, Department of Plant Sciences, University of the Free State, Qwaqwa Campus, Phuthaditjhaba 9866, South Africa
  • Femi J. Olorunniji, Institute of Molecular, College of medicine, University of Glasgow
  • Mohamed Eddouks, Moulay Ismail University, Errachidia 52000, Morocco