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Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5257
ISSN (Online): 1875-6182

Active Phytochemicals from Chinese Herbs as Therapeutic Agents for the Heart

Author(s): John Wing Shing Ho, Matt Wan Man Cheung and Vivian Wai Lam Yu

Volume 10 , Issue 3 , 2012

Page: [251 - 255] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/187152512802651033

Price: $58


Naturally occurring plant alkaloids, in particular those identified from herbal medicines, are finding therapeutic use. Heart diseases can be well managed with specific formulations of herbal medicines. The combined action of multiple constituents of herbal medicines works with therapeutic benefits in humans. The established formulations of Traditional Chinese medicines show efficacy in treatment of diseases. However, individual herbal principles seldom show pharmacological activity. Nevertheless, some of the active alkaloids and terpenoids from medicinal herbs have been identified. The pharmacological activities of these herbal compounds have been studied. These active constituents of herbal medicine are also used in nutrient supplements, but the modes of action of the active component remain sketchy. The present review describes the recent development of those active principles from herbal medicines as cardiovascular agents. The study will provide insights into herbal medicines for drug development for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Keywords: Cardiovascular agents, herbs, active primciples, phytochemicals, pharmacologic action, Gamma-aminobutyric acid (Type A), Hydrastis canadensis. L., Phosphodiesterase (Type 5), Superoxide dismutase 1, UDP-glucuronosyltransferases

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