Treating inflammation: Some (needless) difficulties for gaining acceptance of effective natural products and traditional medicines

Butters, D and Whitehouse, M. W. (2003) Treating inflammation: Some (needless) difficulties for gaining acceptance of effective natural products and traditional medicines. Inflammopharmacology, 11 1: 97-110. doi:10.1163/156856003321547149


Author Butters, D
Whitehouse, M. W.
Title Treating inflammation: Some (needless) difficulties for gaining acceptance of effective natural products and traditional medicines
Journal name Inflammopharmacology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0925-4692
Publication date 2003-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/156856003321547149
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 97
End page 110
Total pages 14
Editor K. D. Rainsford
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher Birkhauser
Language eng
Subject C1
321399 Complementary/Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
730117 Skin and related disorders
1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Abstract The quality of so-called 'natural medicines' is extraordinarily variable. Lack of resolute pharmacological assays contributes to this hiatus. More stringent evaluation of anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic activities in rats can help resolve some of the uncertainties surrounding (a) preparations of some herbal products including so-called 'nature's aspirin' (e.g. willowbark, ginger), cat's claw, celery seed, etc., and (b) some animal lipids (e.g. Lyprinol(R) (NZ Mussel), emu and fish oils). These animal products can be a remarkable resource for supplementing conventional/allopathic therapy for inflammatory disease, e.g. providing lipoxygenase inhibitors. Beyond the verifiable science, the healing professions and the general public still need to examine more carefully criteria for QUALITY(S) in any alternative medicine-to ensure the good (= both reputations and products) are not destroyed by the bad-in essence counteracting Gresham's Law which states: the bad tends to displace the good.
Keyword Quality Controls
Aspirin-Mimics
Emu Oil
Mussel Lipid Lyprinol
Celery Seed
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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