Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Recent Advances towards Validating Efficacy and Safety of African Traditional Medicines


Publishing date
06 Sep 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
19 Apr 2013

1Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

2Laboratoire des Méthodes et Techniques d'Analyse (LMTA), Institut National de Recherche et d'Analyse Physico-chimique (INRAP), Biotechpole de Sidi Thabet, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia

3Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

4Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius, Réduit, Mauritius


Recent Advances towards Validating Efficacy and Safety of African Traditional Medicines

Description

Traditional medicine has a significant role in the African health care system for two main reasons. The first one is inadequate access to allopathic medicines and western forms of treatments. The majority of people in Africa cannot afford access to modern medical care either because it is too costly or because there are no medical service providers. Second, there is a lack of effective modern medical treatment for some ailments such as malaria or HIV/AIDS, which although global in distribution, disproportionately affect Africa more than other areas in the world.

There has been much documentation concerning materials used in traditional treatments in Africa. However, there is little evidence to show that traditional medicines are effective. Without this information, users of traditional medicine in Africa and elsewhere remain skeptical about the value of some therapies. This denies people the freedom to choose medicines that are potentially less costly and are more accessible. Another matter concerning traditional medicines is the need to understand the safety of these therapies. For these reasons, information about efficacy and safety of traditional medicines is urgently required. For the present special issue, we are inviting original research and review articles that discuss aspects of efficacy and safety of African traditional medicinal plants. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent studies on indigenous medicinal plants to fight against emerging and reemerging infectious diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS, Chikungunya, and dengue fever among others
  • Recent studies on indigenous medicinal plants to address noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity among others
  • Phytochemistry of indigenous medicinal plants
  • Development of novel standardization procedures for herbal extracts
  • Identifying mechanisms of action of indigenous medicinal plants using in vitro, in vivo, and clinical studies

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 260567
  • - Editorial

Recent Advances towards Validating Efficacy and Safety of African Traditional Medicines

John R. S. Tabuti | Imed Eddine Hassen | ... | Mohamad Fawzi Mahomoodally
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 147163
  • - Research Article

Validating Efficacy of Shea Nut Oil Extract in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients

San-Pei Chen | Sui-Foon Lo | ... | Li-Wei Chou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 368658
  • - Research Article

Antiobesity Effects of an Edible Halophyte Nitraria retusa Forssk in 3T3-L1 Preadipocyte Differentiation and in C57B6J/L Mice Fed a High Fat Diet-Induced Obesity

Feten Zar Kalai | Junkyu Han | ... | Hiroko Isoda
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 617459
  • - Review Article

Traditional Medicines in Africa: An Appraisal of Ten Potent African Medicinal Plants

M. Fawzi Mahomoodally
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 620451
  • - Review Article

Mushrooms and Truffles: Historical Biofactories for Complementary Medicine in Africa and in the Middle East

Hesham El Enshasy | Elsayed A. Elsayed | ... | Mohamad A. Wadaan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 737401
  • - Research Article

Antistress Effects of the Ethanolic Extract from Cymbopogon schoenanthus Growing Wild in Tunisia

Mahmoud Ben Othman | Junkyu Han | ... | Hiroko Isoda
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 529375
  • - Research Article

In Vitro Antiproliferative Effect of Arthrocnemum indicum Extracts on Caco-2 Cancer Cells through Cell Cycle Control and Related Phenol LC-TOF-MS Identification

Mondher Boulaaba | Khaoula Mkadmini | ... | Chedly Abdelly
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 273712
  • - Review Article

Loranthus micranthus Linn.: Biological Activities and Phytochemistry

Soheil Zorofchian Moghadamtousi | Maryam Hajrezaei | ... | Keivan Zandi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 340107
  • - Research Article

Activation of MITF by Argan Oil Leads to the Inhibition of the Tyrosinase and Dopachrome Tautomerase Expressions in B16 Murine Melanoma Cells

Myra O. Villareal | Sayuri Kume | ... | Hiroko Isoda
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 987612
  • - Research Article

HSP90 Inhibitors, Geldanamycin and Radicicol, Enhance Fisetin-Induced Cytotoxicity via Induction of Apoptosis in Human Colonic Cancer Cells

Ming-Shun Wu | Gi-Shih Lien | ... | Yen-Chou Chen
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