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.