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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2020, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (1): 13-20.doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2019.11.003

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Mechanisms of action of Sri Lankan herbal medicines used in the treatment of diabetes: A review

Dona Nirmani Ann Wijewickrama Samarakoona, Deepthi Inoka Uluwadugeb, Malith Aravinda Siriwardheneb   

  1. a Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Koswatta, Battaramulla 10120, Sri Lanka
    b Department of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Soratha Mawatha, Nugegoda 10250, Sri Lanka 
  • Received:2018-11-13 Accepted:2019-05-17 Online:2020-01-15 Published:2019-11-19

Natural plant-based remedies for diabetes mellitus have been proven to be safe and effective alternatives to Western medications, and details about more than 400 plants are available in the literature. Sri Lanka is a tropical country which is blessed with many natural plant products that can be utilized for the treatment of diabetes. But the knowledge of these plant-derived remedies, especially their doses, mechanism of action and toxicity has not been extensively researched. Therefore, this review focuses on documenting the plant-based remedies that the Sri Lankan Aurvedic physicians use and the extent of research that has been carried out on each of these plant-based remedies.

Key words: Antidiabetic, Diabetes mellitus, Antioxidant, Mechanism, Natural plants, Review 

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