Hepatoprotective effects of Taiwan folk medicine: Ixeris chinensis (Thunb.) Nak. on experimental liver injuries.

Song-Chow Lin, C. C. Lin, Y. H. Lin, C. J. Yao

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Abstract

The hepatoprotective effects of Ixeris chinensis (Thunb.) Nak. were studied on acute hepatitis induced in mice by a single dose of carbon tetrachloride (31.25 microliters/kg, ip) or acetaminophen (600 mg/kg, ip), and in rats by a single dose of beta-D-galactosamine (188 mg/kg, ip). Hepatoprotective activity was monitored by estimating the serum transaminases (SGOT and SGPT) levels and histopathological changes in the livers of experimental animals. The Ixeris chinensis (Thunb.) Nak. extracts significantly inhibited the acute elevation of serum transaminases. Histopathologically, the crude I. chinensis extract significantly ameliorated hepatotoxin-induced histopathological changes in the livers of experimental animals. All pharmacological and histopathological effects of Ixeris chinensis (Thunb.) Nak. were compared with Bupleurum chinense DC., which has been previously reported as a treatment herb for hepatitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-254
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Volume22
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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