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Scientifica
Volume 2017, Article ID 8208261, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8208261
Research Article

Chinese Herbal Medicines as Potential Agents for Alleviation of Heat Stress in Poultry

1Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
2Agriculture Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII), East and North-East Branch, P.O. Box 91735 844, Mashhad, Iran
3Halal Research Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
4Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
5Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Hainan University, Haikou 570228, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Parisa Shokryazdan; moc.oohay@nadzayrkohs_asirap and Juan Boo Liang; ym.ude.mpu@gnailbj

Received 3 April 2017; Revised 9 July 2017; Accepted 13 September 2017; Published 31 October 2017

Academic Editor: Michał Tomczyk

Copyright © 2017 Parisa Shokryazdan 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.

Abstract

Heat stress negatively affects the productivity of chickens in commercial poultry farms in humid tropics. In this study, the concentrations and types of the antioxidant compounds of eight Chinese herbal medicines, which have previously demonstrated promising effects on suppressing heat stress as a mixture, were investigated using reversed-phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography, spectrophotometry, Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, and Gas-Liquid Chromatography. Our results provided the levels of phenolic compounds, total amounts of sugars, and total unsaturated fatty acids in the herbal extracts. Apart from the detection and quantification of the active ingredients of herbs that have the potential to mitigate heat stress in poultry, results of this study also provide useful data for developing an efficient and accurate formulation of the herbs’ mixtures in order to induce positive effects against heat stress in in vivo studies.