Pomegranate, Punica granatum L., is an ancient, unique fruit borne on a small, long-living tree in the Mediterranean region, Southeast Asia, and tropical Africa. Pomegranate was mentioned in ancient times in the Old Bible, the Jewish Torah, and mentioned three times in the holy Quran where it was described as one of the paradise fruits. In ayurvedic medicine, pomegranate is used in the treatment of parasitic infection, diarrhea, and ulcers. Recently, pomegranate has been studied in several systems of medicine for its pharmacological actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticarcinogenic. The aim of the chapter is to summarize pomegranate efficacy in many preclinical and clinical studies.
Part of the book: Breeding and Health Benefits of Fruit and Nut Crops
Pomegranate, Punica granatum L., is an authentic, generous fruit which is cultivated in many parts of the world for thousand years. The divine fruit was born from nature to provide humanity with its effluent benefits for life and health. Through the ages, Pomegranate occupied an eminent place in ayurvedic medicine. It was prescribed for treatment of parasitic infection, diarrhea, and ulcers. Pomegranate wealth of prolific pharmacological activities makes it a rich culture for multiple studies in recent years. It will not be surprising if Pomegranate provides humans with a possible help in SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The enemy that has raided the world since the end of 2019.
Part of the book: Pomegranate
COVID-19 is a running story with an unexpected end. Despite the large effort to provide effective treatment and prophylaxis, many people are still getting infected. This may be explained by the continuous virus mutations, and hence, the attenuation of the vaccine’s efficacy. Therefore, long-life boosting of the body’s immunity is a hopeful way against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Medicinal plants and other complementary and alternative remedies were used effectively in treating numerous mankind’s health problems. Recently, a lot of studies have confirmed the effect of natural products, cupping therapy, and acupuncture against SARS-CoV-2. The aim of this chapter is to remind ourselves of the natural pharmacy that God gave us, by shedding the light on the importance of some herbs and traditional remedies in the management of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Part of the book: Medicinal Plants
Boswellia serrata is an ancient and valuable herb that was widely used throughout the centuries. Boswellia trees grow in India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East from which Frankincense or olibanum resin is taken. The beneficial effects of Boswellia and its active ingredients (Boswellic acids) were thoroughly investigated in many diseases. Where the non-redox and 5-lipoxygenase inhibitory actions were reported. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) mainly ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD) are chronic inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal system. Although the cause is still unclear, the immune system is claimed to have the upper hand in the pathogenesis of IBD. Several studies have demonstrated the ameliorating effect of Boswellic acids on the severity of IBD and the potential role of Boswellia in the induction or maintenance of remission. The aim of this chapter is to explore the the possible effect of Boswellia in IBD management as a complementary and alternative strategy.
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