Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Immunomodulatory Activity of Complementary and Alternative Medicines


Publishing date
03 Jan 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
16 Aug 2013

Lead Editor

1School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK

2Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, India

3Division of Clinical and Molecular Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA

4Department of Zoology, Government College, Madappally, Vadakara, India


Immunomodulatory Activity of Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Description

Immune system is an autoregulating system that takes input from other systems and uses response loops to correct itself at an earlier set point. The definition of immunomodulation refers to the action undertaken by an external agent on autoregulating processes that direct the immunological defense system. This is achieved by altering the immune functions through either up- or downregulation of components of immune system. The agents who can alter the immune function are generally designed as immunomodulators. Many of these drugs are currently in clinical practice in treating anaphylactic reactions, supporting organ transplantations, managing autoimmune disorders, and boosting the immune responses to prevent infections which have immunomodulatory actions. Over the period complementary and alternative medicines are making use of such immunomodulators for treating various conditions. There is a considerable interest in the past few decades to understand the mode of action of these drugs on the immune system. Systematic studies to elucidate the mechanism of action of these drugs will provide scientific basis for establishing quality, efficacy, and safety of CAMs.

We are inviting investigators to submit original research articles as well as reviews to be considered for publication in the special issue. Special consideration will be given to studies explaining the mechanism of immunomodulatory functions of formulations which are in clinical use. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Immunomodulatory functions of various formulations used in traditional system of medicines
  • Immunomodulatory functions of CAMs in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Adjuvant role of medicinal plants
  • Antiquorum sensing activity of medicinal plants
  • Immunomodulatory functions of CAMs in noninfectious diseases
  • Immunomodulatory functions of CAMs in infectious diseases
  • Immunomodulatory functions of CAMs in reducing side effects of cancer chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Human studies exploring the immunomodulatory functions of CAMs
  • Studies of synergistic effects, toxicity, and side effects of CAMs together with other immunomodulators

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 765107
  • - Editorial

Immunomodulatory Activity of Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Kuzhuvelil Bhaskaran-Nair Harikumar | Roland Hardman | ... | Punathil Thejass
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 976364
  • - Research Article

Gene Expression Profiles Underlying Selective T-Cell-Mediated Immunity Activity of a Chinese Medicine Granule on Mice Infected with Influenza Virus H1N1

Na-na Lu | Qi Liu | ... | Zhuo-nan Yu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 538673
  • - Research Article

The Drinking Effect of Hydrogen Water on Atopic Dermatitis Induced by Dermatophagoides farinae Allergen in NC/Nga Mice

Rosa Mistica C. Ignacio | Hyun-Suk Kwak | ... | Kyu-Jae Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 748123
  • - Research Article

Immunosuppression of the Trimellitic Anhydride-Induced Th2 Response by Novel Nonanatural Products Mixture in Mice

Min-Jung Bae | Hee Soon Shin | Dong-Hwa Shon
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 871648
  • - Research Article

Effects of Korean Red Ginseng and HAART on vif Gene in 10 Long-Term Slow Progressors over 20 Years: High Frequency of Deletions and G-to-A Hypermutation

Young Keol Cho | Ba Reum Kim | ... | Jung Eun Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 907016
  • - Research Article

Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Qingpeng Ointment in Atopic Dermatitis-Like Murine Model

Yun-Zhu Li | Xue-Yan Lu | ... | Lin-Feng Li
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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CiteScore2.010
Impact Factor1.984
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