Inhibitory Effects of Medicinal Plants in Patients with HIV
The high cost and unavailability of anti-HIV drugs to people living with HIV/AIDS in the developing world leads many to turn to traditional medicine to manage HIV-related illness. The urgent need for new effective and safe as well as affordable anti-HIV/AIDS drugs is a global concern. As has always been the case in search of cures, natural sources offer great promise.
In this paper, some changes in immunological responses and oxydative balance status HIV infection are summarized, aiming to find the possibilities to which the active substances from medicinal plants can modified the pathological conditions of this infection, leading to inhibite the viral replication, to restrict the immunological cell lost, limiting the cell injuries due to oxydative stress of HIV infective development. The contents of the paper were cited from 59 references.
Several natural products, mostly of plant origin have been shown to possess promising activities that could assist in the prevention and/or amelioration of the disease. Many of these anti-HIV agents have other medicinal values as well, which afford them further prospective as novel leads for the new drugs that can deal with both the virus and the various disorders that characterize HIV/AIDS. The search for new effective and safe as well as affordable anti-HIV agents and supportive medicine for PLWHA is not only an academic curiosity but rather a necessity. And natural products are important source of new anti-HIV drugs.
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