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African herbal medicines in the treatment of HIV: Hypoxis and Sutherlandia. An overview of evidence and pharmacology

Overview of attention for article published in Nutrition Journal, May 2005
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Title
African herbal medicines in the treatment of HIV: Hypoxis and Sutherlandia. An overview of evidence and pharmacology
Published in
Nutrition Journal, May 2005
DOI 10.1186/1475-2891-4-19
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Authors

Edward Mills, Curtis Cooper, Dugald Seely, Izzy Kanfer

Abstract

In Africa, herbal medicines are often used as primary treatment for HIV/AIDS and for HIV-related problems. In general, traditional medicines are not well researched, and are poorly regulated. We review the evidence and safety concerns related to the use of two specific African herbals, which are currently recommended by the Ministry of Health in South Africa and member states for use in HIV: African Potato and Sutherlandia. We review the pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacokinetics of these herbal medicines. Despite the popularity of their use and the support of Ministries of Health and NGOs in some African countries, no clinical trials of efficacy exist, and low-level evidence of harm identifies the potential for drug interactions with antiretroviral drugs. Efforts should be made by mainstream health professionals to provide validated information to traditional healers and patients on the judicious use of herbal remedies. This may reduce harm through failed expectations, pharmacologic adverse events including possible drug/herb interactions and unnecessary added therapeutic costs. Efforts should also be directed at evaluating the possible benefits of natural products in HIV/AIDS treatment.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Ghana 2 <1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
Malawi 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Unknown 223 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 46 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 33 14%
Student > Bachelor 33 14%
Researcher 27 12%
Other 9 4%
Other 47 20%
Unknown 36 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 52 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 41 18%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 20 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 14 6%
Immunology and Microbiology 10 4%
Other 51 22%
Unknown 43 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 11. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 May 2022.
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#2,906,822
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Outputs from Nutrition Journal
#606
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#5,397
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#1
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