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jiitm 2011, 2(2): 139-146 Back to browse issues page
Pharmacognostic Evaluation of Herbal Medicines Used for Obesity on Isfahan Traditional Medicine Market
GH.R. Asghari *, S. Daryaye Salameh
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Background: Overweight and obesity have become a major public health issue due to a steep rise in the prevalence of overweight. Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for many diseases, including cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and hypertension. Because of inappropriate diet, lack of adequate physical activity, and sedentary life style people use medical treatments to lose weight. Herbal medicines have been gaining considerable popularity in recent years. Given the increasing popularity of herbal medicines for treatment of obesity in Iran, there is a need to evaluate these products, which are traditionally provided.
Methods: Ten herbal products used for obesity on Isfahan traditional medicine market were collected, their medical information was recorded, and then the drugs were microscopically and macroscopically evaluated. Finally, their therapeutic effects were compared with the indications mentioned in traditional medicine texts.
Discussion: More than 50% of the products contained at least one medicinal plant, which has been used traditionally for treatment of obesity.
Conclusion: The providers of traditional medicines should receive required trainings according to texts of traditional medicine. Moreover, they should be continuously monitored and the traditional medicine products continuously undergo pharmacognostic testing.

Keywords: Obesity, Herbal medicine, Pharmacognostic evaluation, Isfahan.
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Type of Study: Origianal Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2011/05/16 | Accepted: 2011/07/7
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Asghari G, Daryaye Salameh S. Pharmacognostic Evaluation of Herbal Medicines Used for Obesity on Isfahan Traditional Medicine Market. jiitm. 2011; 2 (2) :139-146
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مجله طب سنتی اسلام و ایران Journal of Islamic and Iranian Traditional Medicine

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