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J Ethnopharmacol 2000 Jul 01;711-2:89-92. doi: 10.1016/s0378-8741(99)00181-6.
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Immunostimulant activity of dry fruits and plant materials used in indian traditional medical system for mothers after child birth and invalids.

Puri A , Sahai R , Singh KL , Saxena RP , Tandon JS , Saxena KC .

Products of certain plants given to mothers after child birth or to invalids were studied for immunostimulant activity using the macrophage migration index (MMI) as a parameter of macrophage activation and cell-mediated immunity and haemagglutinating antibody (HA) titres and plaque-forming cell (PFC) counts as parameters of humoral immunity. Feeding of Prunus amygdalus (Almond(1)) and Buchanania lanzan (Chirronji(1)) significantly stimulated both CMI and humoral immunity in BALB/c mice as evidenced by the enhancement of MMI, HA titres, and PFC counts. Euryale ferox (Tel makhana(1)), Phoenix dactylifera (Chhohara(1)) and Zingiber officinale (Sonth(1)), however, stimulated humoral immunity to a greater extent than CMI. The observation provides scientific basis for feeding the products of above plants to mothers after child birth and to invalids with a relatively poor immune status.

PubMed ID: 10904150
Article link: J Ethnopharmacol

Genes referenced: etv6 LOC115919910