Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Discovery of Novel Animal-Based Medicinal Products with Therapeutic Potential in Evidence-Based Traditional Medicine


Publishing date
01 Sep 2019
Status
Published
Submission deadline
10 May 2019

Lead Editor

1Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM), Daejeon, Republic of Korea

2Daegu Haany University, Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea

3Mulawarman University, Samarinda, Indonesia


Discovery of Novel Animal-Based Medicinal Products with Therapeutic Potential in Evidence-Based Traditional Medicine

Description

In almost every culture, animals have been used as resources of traditional medicines for the treatment and alleviation of various illnesses. The traditional use of animals and their products for medicinal purposes has been documented since ancient times in civilizations from East Asia and Africa. In China, more than 1500 animals are used; in India, 15–20% of Ayurvedic medicines are based on animal-derived substances, whereas in Latin America, 584 medicinal animal species have been recorded. Ho Jun, a Korean court physician (1610 A.D.) wrote “Dongui Bogam”, which contains references to nearly 95 insects and their substances. Recently, there has been increased research focus on animal-based medicines, and several animals have been tested by pharmaceutical companies as potential sources of modern drugs.

Animal-based medicines are derived from body parts, products of the animal’s metabolism (e.g. corporal secretions and excrements), and non-animal materials (e.g. nests and cocoons). For example, several compounds from fish have been extracted and are employed as remedies in the over-the-counter drugs. Insects have also proven to be very important sources of drugs for modern medicine because these drugs have immunological, analgesic, antibacterial, diuretic, anesthetic, and antirheumatic properties. Toxins in snakes, spiders, and centipedes and the venom from other species have shown promise for the treatment of chronic pain, heart conditions, blood clots, and type 2 diabetes. However, such medicines are yet to be tested for efficacy.

To scale up production of such medicines at an industrial level, it is important to lay the scientific foundation to recognize them as potential therapeutics and to provide insights into their pharmacological activity and other relevant aspects; these studies may pave the way to develop new drugs that would potentially alleviate human suffering. Thus, new pharmacological therapeutic strategies, involving the use of animal-based medicinal products or compositions of multiple extracts, are being designed to specifically act on biochemical targets.

Hence, we invite researchers to contribute original research or review articles on pharmacological therapy via various bioactivities and the potential therapeutic effects of animals, including insects, of evidence-based traditional medicine. We are particularly interested in articles involving animal-based evaluations.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Screening of animal-based medicines for drug discovery using in vitro and in vivo systems
  • Animal-based medicines as treatment or preventive agents for various diseases
  • In vitro and in vivo studies on the effectiveness of animal-based medicines via mechanistic function
  • Metabolic profiling-based screen of active constituents from animals including insects
  • Use of animals and animal products in the traditional health care system
  • Toxicity evaluation after treatment with animals, including insects

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1626543
  • - Editorial

Discovery of Novel Animal-Based Medicinal Products with Therapeutic Potential in Evidence-Based Traditional Medicine

Gunhyuk Park | Yong-ung Kim | Irawan W. Kusuma
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1324969
  • - Review Article

Therapeutic Efficacy of Kangfuxin Liquid Combined with PPIs in Gastric Ulcer

Jun-Bo Zou | Xiao-Fei Zhang | ... | Dong-Yan Guo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8918943
  • - Research Article

Protective Effect and Mechanisms of New Gelatin on Chemotherapy-Induced Hematopoietic Injury Zebrafish Model

Liwen Han | Haotian Kong | ... | Kechun Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8512405
  • - Review Article

Intervention Mechanisms of Xinmailong Injection, a Periplaneta Americana Extract, on Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review of Basic Researches

Shan-Shan Lin | Chun-Xiang Liu | ... | Jing-Yuan Mao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 9746492
  • - Research Article

Safety and Efficacy of the C-117 Formula for Vulnerable Carotid Artery Plaques (Spchim): A Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Pilot Study

Baoying Gong | Xiuyan Chen | ... | Jianwen Guo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4674190
  • - Research Article

Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans L. Koch Ameliorates Rheumatic Heart Disease by Affecting Relative Percentages of CD4+CD25+FoxP3 Treg and CD4+IL17 T Cells

Tiechao Jiang | Qini Zhao | ... | Hui Zhou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 9817949
  • - Research Article

Neuroprotective Effects of Musk of Muskrat on Transient Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Rats

Donghun Lee | Young-Sik Kim | ... | Hocheol Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1453612
  • - Research Article

A New Flavanone as a Potent Antioxidant Isolated from Chromolaena odorata L. Leaves

Devi Anggraini Putri | Sri Fatmawati
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2607086
  • - Research Article

Chemical Composition and Antiproliferative Effects of a Methanol Extract of Aspongopus chinensis Dallas

Jun Tan | Ying Tian | ... | Jianjun Guo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 7824146
  • - Research Article

Analytical Method Validation of Gamijakyakgamchobuja-Tang (KCHO-1, Mecasin) Preparation

Tingting Wang | Seongjin Lee | ... | Sungchul Kim
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