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      Identification of medicinal plants for the treatment of kidney and urinary stones


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          Introduction: Kidney stones are the third most common urinary tract problems after urinary tract infections and prostate pathology. Kidney stones may cause extreme pain and blockage of urine flow. They are usually treated with medications that may cause a number of side-effects. Medicinal herbs are used in different cultures as a reliable source of natural remedies.

          Objectives: This study aimed to determine native medicinal plants used by traditional healers of Shiraz for the treatment of kidney stones.

          Materials and Methods: The ethno-medicinal data were collected between July and September 2012 through face-to-face interview with local herbalist.

          Results: A total of 18 species belonging to 19 botanical families were recorded in study area. Species with the highest frequency of mentions were Alhagi maurorum (51.58%), Tribulus terrestris (51.58%), and Nigella sativa (48.14). The most frequently used plant parts were aerial parts (38%), leaf (33%) and fruits (17%). Decoction (68%) was the most frequently prescribed method of preparation. Most of the medicinal plants recommended by Shirazian herbalists have not been investigated in animal and humane models of renal stone which provides a new area of research.

          Conclusion: In the case of safety and effectiveness, they can be refined and processed to produce natural drugs.

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                Author and article information

                J Renal Inj Prev
                J Renal Inj Prev
                J Renal Inj Prev
                Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
                Nickan Research Institute
                27 July 2016
                : 5
                : 3
                : 129-133
                1Razi Herbal Medicines Research Center, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
                2Madani Heart Hospital, Department of Cardiovascular, Faculty of Medicine, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
                3Medical Plants Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
                4Clinical Microbiology Research Center, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran
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                [* ] Corresponding author: Nasrollah Naghdi; dr.naghdi93@ 123456gmail.com
                Copyright © 2016 The Author(s); Published by Nickan Research Institute

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                : 29 May 2016
                : 13 July 2016
                Page count
                Figures: 3, Tables: 2, References: 25, Pages: 5

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                kidney stones, medicinal plants, iran


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