Traditional uses of medicinal plants to prevent and treat diabetes; an updated review of ethnobotanical studies in Iran

Asadi-Samani, M. and Moradi, M.-T. and Mahmoodnia, L. and Alaei, S. and Asadi-Samani, F. and Luther, T. (2017) Traditional uses of medicinal plants to prevent and treat diabetes; an updated review of ethnobotanical studies in Iran. Journal of Nephropathology, 6 (3). pp. 118-125.

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Abstract

Background: Obesity and physical inactivity are currently on the rise due to industrialization of the communities, which has recently led to increased incidence of different diseases such as diabetes. Epidemiological studies and figures have demonstrated the growing incidence of diabetes. Relevantly, the side effects of chemical drugs have led patients to use medicinal plants and traditional approaches despite advances in development of chemical drugs. The aim of this review article is to report the medicinal plants and their traditional uses to prevent and treat diabetes according to the findings of ethnobotanical studies conducted in different regions of Iran. Evidence Acquisitions: The search terms including ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, ethnopharmacology, phytopharmacology, phytomedicine, Iran, and traditional medicine in combination with diabetes, blood sugar and hyperglycemic were searched from scientific databases. Results: The results of this article can be a comprehensive guideline, based on ethnobotany of different regions of Iran, to prevent and treat diabetes. According to this review article, certain plant species such as Urtica dioica L., popularly called nettle, in eight regions, Teucrium polium L., popularly called poleigamander, in five regions, and Trigonella foenum-graecum L., Citrullus colocynthis (L.), Schrad., and Juglans regia L. in four regions, were reported to be frequently used to prevent and treat diabetes Conclusions: The introduced medicinal plants in this review can be investigated in further research and produce new drugs with limited side effects.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: cited By 1
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blood, Ethnobotany ,Iran ,Sugar, Traditional medicine
Subjects: WK Endocrine System
QV pharmacology > QV 752 Pharmacognosy
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Department of Clinical Sciences > Department of Internal Medicine
Faculty of Medicine > Department of Clinical Sciences > Department of Surgery
Reserach Vice-Chancellar Department > Medical Plants Research Center
Depositing User: zahra bagheri .
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 07:54
URI: http://eprints.skums.ac.ir/id/eprint/217

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