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Abstract Title:

In vitro anti-hepatoma activity of fifteen natural medicines from Canada.

Abstract Source:

1: Altern Med Rev. 2000 Apr;5(2):175-7. PMID: 12203264

Abstract Author(s):

Liang-Tzung Lin, Li-Teh Liu, Lien-Chai Chiang, Chun-Ching Lin

Abstract:

Berberine is a plant alkaloid with a long history of medicinal use in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is present in Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), Coptis chinensis (Coptis or goldenthread), Berberis aquifolium (Oregon grape), Berberis vulgaris (barberry), and Berberis aristata (tree turmeric). The berberine alkaloid can be found in the roots, rhizomes, and stem bark of the plants. Berberine extracts and decoctions have demonstrated significant antimicrobial activity against a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans, helminths, and chlamydia. Currently, the predominant clinical uses of berberine include bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasite infections, and ocular trachoma infections.

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