Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Use of Medicinal Plants and Natural Products for Treatment of Osteoporosis and its Complications


Publishing date
30 Nov 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
13 Jul 2012

1Department of Pharmacology, The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2Department of Anatomy, The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences, Texas Women's University, Texas, TX, USA


Use of Medicinal Plants and Natural Products for Treatment of Osteoporosis and its Complications

Description

Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass with susceptibility to fracture. It may only be discovered when fractures of the osteoporotic bone have occurred. Therefore, prevention and early treatment of osteoporosis are important to avoid its complications. Some of the anti-osteoporotic drugs available are associated with serious side effects. The best example is estrogen replacement therapy, which was reported to increase the risks of breast cancer, uterine cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular and thromboembolic diseases (WHI Study, 2003). Researches are on the way to find alternative anti-osteoporotic agents with comparable effectiveness but with minimal side effects. It is to be hoped that the increased ethnobotanical and ethnopharmacological researches will lead to the development of novel drug candidates.

We invite investigators to submit review articles and original research that evaluate the role of medicinal plants and natural products on the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and its complications such as fractures and deformities. We are particularly interested in articles that explore aspects of anti-osteoporosis using animals and human studies. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Studies using in vivo and in vitro models of osteoporosis for assessments of their anti-osteoporotic activities and their possible mechanisms of action
  • Human studies on the use of medicinal plants and natural products for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Role of the medicinal plants and natural products on the phases of osteoporotic fracture healing, that is, the reactive, repair, and remodeling phases
  • Comparison of the efficacy of the medicinal plants and natural products with the standard anti-osteoporotic drugs using animal models or clinical trials
  • Elucidating the active ingredients, the mechanism of action, and potential toxicities of these medicinal plants and natural products
  • Elucidating the role of inflammation and oxidative stress in osteoporosis

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 748687
  • - Research Article

Antiresorptive Activity of Bacillus-Fermented Antler Extracts: Inhibition of Osteoclast Differentiation

Sik-Won Choi | Seong-Hee Moon | ... | Seong Hwan Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 764701
  • - Editorial

Use of Medicinal Plants and Natural Products for Treatment of Osteoporosis and Its Complications

Ima Nirwana Soelaiman | Srijit Das | ... | Norazlina Mohamed
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 356260
  • - Review Article

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Osteoporosis: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trails

Zhi-qian Wang | Jin-long Li | ... | Yong-jun Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 684510
  • - Review Article

Vitamin E and the Healing of Bone Fracture: The Current State of Evidence

Boekhtiar Borhanuddin | Nur Farhana Mohd Fozi | Isa Naina Mohamed
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 921684
  • - Research Article

Effects of Extracts from Trifolium medium L. and Trifolium pratense L. on Development of Estrogen Deficiency-Induced Osteoporosis in Rats

Urszula Cegieła | Joanna Folwarczna | ... | Grażyna Zgórka
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 241416
  • - Research Article

Comparative Effects of Er-Xian Decoction, Epimedium Herbs, and Icariin with Estrogen on Bone and Reproductive Tissue in Ovariectomized Rats

Liming Xue | Yin Wang | ... | Luping Qin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 490843
  • - Research Article

Effects and Interaction of Icariin, Curculigoside, and Berberine in Er-Xian Decoction, a Traditional Chinese Medicinal Formula, on Osteoclastic Bone Resorption

Liming Xue | Lei Jiao | ... | Luping Qin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 203732
  • - Research Article

In Vivo Study on the Pharmacological Interactions between a Chinese Herbal Formula ELP and Antiresorptive Drugs to Counteract Osteoporosis

Chun-Hay Ko | Wing-Sum Siu | ... | Ping-Chung Leung
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 250584
  • - Review Article

Vitamin E and Bone Structural Changes: An Evidence-Based Review

Isa Naina Mohamed | Boekhtiar Borhanuddin | ... | Nur Farhana Mohd Fozi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 161527
  • - Research Article

Two Different Isomers of Vitamin E Prevent Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Rat Model

Norliza Muhammad | Douglas Alwyn Luke | ... | Ima-Nirwana Soelaiman
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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