Medicinal Plants Used in Thailand for Treatment of Kidney Failure

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Kanyarat Boonprasert
Kesara Na-Bangchang

Abstract

Kidney failure is one of the most serious health problems in Thailand with high health care cost, mortality, and prevalence rate. Traditional herbal medicines constitute a promising source of active chemical constituents that can be exploited as novel therapeutic agents for kidney dysfunction. This review focuses on the biological and pharmacological activities including the potential roles of the medicinal plants used in Thailand for treatment of kidney failure. The review summarizes some fundamental aspects of medicinal plants used in Thailand which have been reported to improve kidney function. In addition, the major medicinal plants are discussed on phytoconstituents and pharmacological activities of the herbs.

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