Special Issue "Herbal Medicines and Functional Foods"
A special issue of Medicines (ISSN 2305-6320).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017) | Viewed by 49479
Interests: pharmacology of local and systemic inflammation; immunopharmacology; lung injury; herbal medicines and functional foods
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Herbal medicines have played an important role in the discovery of new drugs and innovative mechanisms of action, and the tenet “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” espoused by Hippocrates nearly 2,500 years ago, is receiving renewed interest.
Among the various mechanisms exhibited by substances originating from these sources, antioxidant effects have been one of the most studied and pursued. Given the importance of oxidative stress and the deleterious effects of reactive oxygen species in several diseases, it is of great importance to study molecules that are able to prevent or reduce the magnitude of these oxidative mediators. One of the main consequences and/or precursors of an oxidative process, is inflammation. An inflammatory process can either initiate or be a consequence of cellular oxidative stress. Given the association of inflammation with several diseases—such as diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, respiratory diseases and even cancer—the oxidative process is a potentially useful pharmacological target for many pathological conditions. The pleiotropic effects of these compounds and the ability to modulate several cellular and biochemical pharmacological targets related to several diseases, are making this line of research one of the most promising in recent years.
This Issue invites researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles related to the isolation, identification, and pharmacological (pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics) characterization of herbal medicines and functional foods (either whole, extracted or isolated compounds) that contribute to the knowledge in this area.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Prof. Joao Rocha, PharmD MSc PhD
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- herbal medicines
- functional foods