Pharmacological, phytochemical and safety evaluaton of commercial herbal preparations common in South Africa.

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dc.creator Ndhlala, Ashwell Rungano.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-25T10:12:05Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-25T10:12:05Z
dc.date.created 2009
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/608
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2009. en_US
dc.description.abstract Herbal formulations claimed to cure several medical conditions including skin eruptions, chest pains, wounds, gout, menstrual pains, stress, nervous disorders, microbial and viral infections as well as stomach ailments have recently appeared as part of South African traditional medicine. The formulations consist of mixtures of extracts of different plant parts from several different plant species packaged in labelled bottles or boxes. The mixtures are available for sale in herbal shops and public places. While there has been widespread use of these herbal mixtures, there has been no scientific evidence to support their use. This project was aimed at documenting, validating claimed efficacy and testing the safety of fourteen unregistered commercial herbal preparations commonly sold in Pietermaritzburg. A detailed investigation of the pharmacological effects and safety of the plant components of one of the mixtures, Imbiza ephuzwato was also carried out.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Herbs--Therapeutic use--South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Pharmacology. en_US
dc.subject Phytochemicals. en_US
dc.subject Herbs--Therapeutic use--South Africa--Safety measures. en_US
dc.subject Traditional medicine--South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Drugs--Effectiveness. en_US
dc.subject Herbs--Toxicology. en_US
dc.subject Botanical illustration. en_US
dc.subject Botanical drug industry--Law and legislation--South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Theses--Botany. en_US
dc.title Pharmacological, phytochemical and safety evaluaton of commercial herbal preparations common in South Africa. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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