Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Home About us Ahead Of Print Instructions Submission Subscribe Advertise Contact e-Alerts Editorial Board Login 
Users Online:3757
  Print this page  Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size
 


 
Table of Contents   
LETTER TO THE EDITOR  
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1090-1091
Thunbergia laurifolia, liver enzyme, and paracetamol


1 Complementary Cancer Center, Vitallife at Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Joseph Ayobabalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Nigeria

Click here for correspondence address and email

Date of Web Publication5-Oct-2017
 

How to cite this article:
Chaiyasit K, Wiwanitkit V. Thunbergia laurifolia, liver enzyme, and paracetamol. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1090-1

How to cite this URL:
Chaiyasit K, Wiwanitkit V. Thunbergia laurifolia, liver enzyme, and paracetamol. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 19];10:1090-1. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2017/10/4/1090/196746


Thunbergia laurifolia is a tropical plant that has been used as traditional herb for centuries. At present, it is used widely in Southeast Asia. Some reports mention that this herb can be useful for hepatoprotection and can make a recovery of liver impairment from injury by either infection or chemicals.[1],[2],[3] Here, the authors report on an interesting observation on a Thai male patient with fatty liver and chronic active hepatitis (ALP > 50 U/l for more than 1 year). The results of the blood test from a private laboratory showed AST of 28 U/l and ALT of 64 U/l. He had the self-prescribed local made T. laurifolia capsule (300 mg/capsule, three capsules per day). Three days later, the patient developed upper respiratory tract infection and took self-prescribed paracetamol at the highest recommended dosage for 4 days. After that, the patient still continued T. laurifolia capsule for additional 3 days and visited the laboratory again for the blood test, which showed AST of 28 U/l and ALT of 44 U/l. This report can be an evidence that T. laurifolia is a safe herb for patients with underlying fatty liver and hepatitis and can be concomitantly used with paracetamol. In addition, the reduction of ALT in this case can confirm the advantage of T. laurifolia on the liver.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
   References Top

1.
Wonkchalee N, Boonmars T, Laummaunwai P, Aromdee C, Hahnvajanawong C, Wu Z, et al. A combination of praziquantel and the traditional medicinal plant Thunbergia laurifolia on Opisthorchis viverrini infection and cholangiocarcinoma in a hamster model. Parasitol Res 2013;112:4211-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
[PUBMED]    
2.
Wonkchalee O, Boonmars T, Aromdee C, Laummaunwai P, Khunkitti W, Vaeteewoottacharn K, et al. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects of Thunbergia laurifolia Linn. on experimental opisthorchiasis. Parasitol Res 2012;111:353-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
[PUBMED]    
3.
Pramyothin P, Chirdchupunsare H, Rungsipipat A, Chaichantipyuth C. Hepatoprotective activity of Thunbergia laurifolia Linn. extract in rats treated with ethanol: in vitro and in vivo studies. J Ethnopharmacol 2005;102:408-11.  Back to cited text no. 3
[PUBMED]    

Top
Correspondence Address:
Kamon Chaiyasit
Complementary Cancer Center, Vitallife at Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok
Thailand
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.196746

Rights and Permissions




 

Top
 
  Search
 
    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *


    References

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed918    
    Printed26    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded25    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal