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Acta Pharm Hung. 2009;79(1):3-9.

[Epilobium parviflorum--in vitro study of biological action].

[Article in Hungarian]

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Semmelweis Egyetem, Farmakognózia Intézet, 1085 Budapest, Ulloi út 26.


Epilobium parviflorum Schreb. (willow-herb) is used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), but its biological action is not entirely identified. This paper aims to report data on willow-herbs probable biological effect. In vitro studies have been made to investigate different aspects of its antioxidant capacity, anti-inflammatory (COX-inhibitory) action, steroid-receptor -agonistic and -antagonostic effect as well as aromatase-inhibitory effect. Based on our results, willow-herb possess remarkable antioxidant and COX-inhibitory action.

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