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Dong Quai

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Medicinal uses supported by clinical data
Prophylaxis and symptomatic treatment of upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold and uncomplicated sinusitis (17-19), bronchitis (6, 9) and pharyngotonsillitis (20), lower urinary tract infections (21) and acute diarrhoea (22, 23).
Uses described in pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine
Treatment of bacillary dysentery, bronchitis, carbuncles, colitis, coughs, dyspepsia, fevers, hepatitis, malaria, mouth ulcers, sores, tuberculosis and venomous snake bites (1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 16, 24-27).
Uses described in folk medicine, not supported by experimental or clinical data
Treatment of colic, otitis media, vaginitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, chickenpox, eczema and burns (6, 7).


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16. Blaschek W et al., eds. Hagers Handbuch der pharmazeutischen Praxis. Folgeband 2: Drogen A-K, 5th ed. Berlin, Springer-Verlag, 1998.
17. Hancke J et al. A double-blind study with a new monodrug kan jang: decrease of symptoms and improvement in the recovery from common colds. Phytotherapy Research, 1995, 9:559-562.
18. Melchior J et al. Controlled clinical study of standardized Andrographis paniculata extract in common cold - a pilot trial. Phytomedicine, 1997, 3:315-318.
19. Cáceres DD et al. Prevention of common colds with Andrographis paniculata dried extract. A pilot double-blind study. Phytomedicine, 1997, 4:101-104.
20. Thamlikitkui V et al. Efficacy of Andrographis paniculata Nees for pharyngotonsillitis in adults. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, 1991, 74:437-442.
21. Muangman V et al. The usage of Andrographis paniculata following extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, 1995, 78:310-313.
22. Chaichantipyuth C, Thanagkul B. Andrographis paniculata Nees as antidiarrhoeal and antidysentery drug in Thailand. Asian Journal of Pharmacy, 1986, 6 (Suppl.):59-60.
23. Thanagkul B, Chaichantipayut C. Double-blind study of Andrographis paniculata Nees and tetracycline in acute diarrhoea and bacillary dysentery. Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 1985, 8:57-61.
24. Chaturvedi GN. Clinical studies on kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata) in infectious hepatitis. Journal of the International Institute of Ayurveda, 1983, 2:208-211.
25. Burkill IH. Dictionary of the economic plants of the Malay peninsula. Vol. 1. Kuala Lumpur, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, 1966.
26. Singh VK, Ali ZA. Folk medicines in primary health care: common plants used for the treatment of fevers in India. Fitoterapia, 1994, 65:68-74.
27. Siddiqui MB, Husain W. Traditional antidotes of snake poison. Fitoterapia, 1990, 61:41-44.

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