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Stud­iesworld­wideareval­i­datin­gorld­wideareval­i­dat­ing an­cient­plant-basedtreat­men­tant-basedtreat­ment foros­teo­poro­sis ro­sis P L A N T S H A VV E been tested for po­ten­tial treat­ments­ments of os­teo­poro­sis for long. Chi­ne­see re­searchers have ex­ten­sively stud­ieded herbs and found that th­ese could bee used as sin­gle or as a mix­ture to im­provem­prove bone me­tab­o­lism and in­crease­cre bone­form­ing cells. One such re­search by the Shang­hai Univer­sity of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine was pub­lished in the Ev­i­dence-BasedCom­ple­men­tary andAl­ter­na­tiveMedicine in 2013. The re­search was con­ducted di­rectly on pa­tients suf­fer­ing from os­teo­poro­sis, and not rat mod­els. They con­cluded that the herbs sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased lum­bar spine bone min­eral den­sity, as com­pared to avail­able an­tios­teo­porotic drugs.

In 2008, Avestha Gen­graine Tech Pvt Ltd, a biotech­nol­ogy and bioin­for­mat­ics com­pany, used ex­tracts from the plant Cis­susquad­ran­gu­laris to treat os­teo­poro­sis. Cis­sus quad­ran­gu­laris, a medic­i­nal plant pre­scribed in ayurvedic texts, has been used as a to­tonic to treat frac­tured pa­tients. Con­tain­ing high amounts of vi­ta­min C, carotene A and cal­cium, the plant makes bone re­mod­elling a faster process. It in­creases the ten­sile strength in bones by 90 per cent within six weeks.

The com­pany also ex­plored the es­tro­genic ac­tions of the legume, Gly­cyrrhiza­glabra. The stem of this na­tive plant from south­east­ern Europe and the Mid­dle East con­tained phy­toe­stro­gen (plant-de­rived hor­mone that im­i­tates es­tro­gen). Sim­i­larly, re­searchers from Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity, Kar­nataka, re­ported that the In­dian goose­berry ( Em­blica of­fci­nalis) dis­played char­ac­ter­is­tics of pre­vent­ing bone loss in a study pub­lished in the In­ter­na­tion­alJour­nal ofPhar­ma­cyandPhar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­ences in 2013.

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