J Herbmed Pharmacol. 2014;3(2):71-76.
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A study on anti-diabetic and anti-hypertension herbs used in Lorestan province, Iran

Bahram Delfan 1, Kourosh Saki 2, Mahmoud Bahmani 1 * , Nader Rangsaz 3, Mohammad Delfan 4, Nima Mohseni 5, Hedayatollah Shirzad 6, Zahra Babaeian 7

1 Razi Herbal Medicines Research Center, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
2 Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord Branch, Shahrekord, Iran
4 Deputy for Food and Drug, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
5 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch, Karaj, Iran
6 Medical Plants Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
7 Deputy of Research and Technology, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding author: Dr. Mahmoud Bahmani; Razi Herbal Medicines Research Center, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran; Email: mahmood.bahmani@gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction: Diabetes and hypertension are amongst the most prevalent diseases in the world, while they can be controlled and prevented, create many problems and complications for affected patients. This study was aimed to identify and report the most important and effective herbs for diabetes and high blood pressure treatment in Lorestan province (West of Iran).

Methods: By gathering and integrating indigenous data from local inhabitants of Lorestan, Iran, the goal of this study was accomplished. Data were gathered by cooperation of the agents of public health services network all over the towns of Dorud, Boroujerd, Khorramabad, Aleshtar, Poledokhtar, Aligoodarz, Nurabad and Kouhdasht.

Results: Results of this study showed that there were overall 17 medicinal plants which were used for treatment and controlling of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Conclusion: Medicinal plants reported in this study are indigenous to the Lorestan province. Some of the foresaid herbs seem to have some unknown therapeutic effects which are reported in this study for the first time, and some others have various known therapeutic effects mentioned in other similar studies. It is essential for researchers to find out the actuality of clinical effectiveness of the herbs and their active substances. Once the positive effects of these herbs proved, it would be possible to produce drugs which are useful in curing and controlling diabetes and hypertension.

Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education:

Medicinal plants reported in this study are indigenous to the Lorestan province. If their effects are confirmed by researchers, it would be possible to produce drugs useful in curing and controlling diabetes and hypertension.

Please cite this paper as: Delfan B, Saki K, Bahmani M, Rangsaz N, Delfan M, Mohseni N, et al. A study on anti-diabetic and anti-hypertension herbs used in Lorestan province, Iran. J Herbmed Pharmacol. 2014; 3(2): 71-76.

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First published online: 01 Dec 2014
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