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Molecules 2018, 23(1), 150;

Arnica Tincture Cures Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Golden Hamsters

PECET-School of Medicine, University of Antioquia, Calle 70 # 52-21, 0500100 Medellin, Colombia
Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry (IPBP), University of Münster, PharmaCampus-Corrensstrasse 48, D-48149 Münster, Germany
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Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 9 January 2018 / Accepted: 11 January 2018 / Published: 12 January 2018
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In search for potential therapeutic alternatives to existing treatments for cutaneous Leishmaniasis, we have investigated the effect of Arnica tincture Ph. Eur. (a 70% hydroethanolic tincture prepared from flowerheads of Arnica montana L.) on the lesions caused by infection with Leishmania braziliensis in a model with golden hamsters. The animals were treated topically with a daily single dose of the preparation for 28 days. Subsequently, the healing process was monitored by recording the lesion size in intervals of 15 days up to day 90. As a result, Arnica tincture fully cured three out of five hamsters while one animal showed an improvement and another one suffered from a relapse. This result was slightly better than that obtained with the positive control, meglumine antimonate, which cured two of five hamsters while the other three showed a relapse after 90 days. This result encourages us to further investigate the potential of Arnica tincture in the treatment of cutaneous Leishmaniasis. View Full-Text
Keywords: Arnica montana L.; cutaneous Leishmaniasis; neglected tropical disease Arnica montana L.; cutaneous Leishmaniasis; neglected tropical disease

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Robledo, S.M.; Vélez, I.D.; Schmidt, T.J. Arnica Tincture Cures Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Golden Hamsters. Molecules 2018, 23, 150.

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