Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2006 / Article

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Volume 3 |Article ID 762642 | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel058

Bashar Saad, Hassan Azaizeh, Ghassan Abu-Hijleh, Omar Said, "Safety of Traditional Arab Herbal Medicine", Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 3, Article ID 762642, 7 pages, 2006. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel058

Safety of Traditional Arab Herbal Medicine

Received26 Feb 2006
Accepted04 Aug 2006

Abstract

Herbal remedies are widely used for the treatment and prevention of various diseases and often contain highly active pharmacological compounds. Many medicinal herbs and pharmaceutical drugs are therapeutic at one dose and toxic at another. Toxicity related to traditional medicines is becoming more widely recognized as these remedies become popular in the Mediterranean region as well as worldwide. Most reports concerning the toxic effects of herbal medicines are associated with hepatotoxicity although reports of other toxic effects including kidney, nervous system, blood, cardiovascular and dermatologic effects, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity have also been published in the medical literature. This article presents a systematic review on safety of traditional Arab medicine and the contribution of Arab scholars to toxicology. Use of modern cell biological, biochemical, in vitro and in vivo techniques for the evaluation of medicinal plants safety is also discussed.

Copyright © 2006 Bashar Saad et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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