Abstract Title:

Immunostimulant activity of dry fruits and plant materials used in indian traditional medical system for mothers after child birth and invalids.

Abstract Source:

J Ethnopharmacol. 2000 Jul ;71(1-2):89-92. PMID: 10904150

Abstract Author(s):

A Puri, R Sahai, K L Singh, R P Saxena, J S Tandon, K C Saxena

Article Affiliation:

A Puri


Products of certain plants given to mothers after child birth or to invalids were studied for immunostimulant activity using the macrophage migration index (MMI) as a parameter of macrophage activation and cell-mediated immunity and haemagglutinating antibody (HA) titres and plaque-forming cell (PFC) counts as parameters of humoral immunity. Feeding of Prunus amygdalus (Almond(1)) and Buchanania lanzan (Chirronji(1)) significantly stimulated both CMI and humoral immunity in BALB/c mice as evidenced by the enhancement of MMI, HA titres, and PFC counts. Euryale ferox (Tel makhana(1)), Phoenix dactylifera (Chhohara(1)) and Zingiber officinale (Sonth(1)), however, stimulated humoral immunity to a greater extent than CMI. The observation provides scientific basis for feeding the products of above plants to mothers after child birth and to invalids with a relatively poor immune status.

Study Type : Animal Study

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