Immunomodulatory activities of some Turkish medicinal plants

Basaran A. A., Ceritoğlu İ., Undeger U., Basaran N.

PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH, vol.11, no.8, pp.609-611, 1997 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.609-611
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The extracts of Arctium minus, Ecballium elaterium, Momordica charantia, Plantago major, Urtica dioica and Viscum album used for various disorders in Anatolia were investigated in vitro for their neutrophil chemotactic and intracellular killing activities by Boyden migration chamber and nitrozoblue tetrazolium (NBT) dye reduction tests, respectively, The extracts of Arctium minus, Momordica charantia, Urtica dioica and Viscum album were statistically active in chemotaxis and random migration tests, Also, the extracts of Urtica dioica seeds and leaves are suggested as possibly useful for patients suffering from neutrophil function deficiency, On the other hand, NBT results indicated that the extracts of Arctium minus, Ecballium elaterium and Viscum album have the ability to reduce active radicals suggesting that these extracts are also valuable in the medical treatment of some diseases associated with free radical damage. (C) 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.