Scientific Evaluation of Medicinal Plants Used for the Treatment of Cervicitis (Qorohe- Rahem) in Iranian Traditional Medicine

Document Type: Review Paper

Authors

1 Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

2 Department of Persian Medicine, The School of Persian Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Ardakan, Yazd, Iran.

3 Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

5 Department of Traditional Pharmacy, School of Traditional Medicine, Traditional Medicine and Materia Medica Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Introduction: Cervicitis is an inflammatory condition of the cervix associated with upper genital tract infection and reproductive complications. Treatment for cervicitis in conventional system is the use of antibiotics and antifungal therapies and surgical interventions, but none of these treatments provides the definite efficacy in spite of high cost and side effect. So there is a need for an alternate therapy which is safe, effective, easily available and free from side effects. This review focuses on medicinal plants mentioned in main Iranian Traditional Medicine reference books.
Materials and Methods: Medicinal plants mentioned in Iranian Traditional Medicine for treatment of Cervicitis were elicited and searched in electronic databases including Pub Med, Scopus, Science direct and Google Scholar to find studies that confirmed their efficacy.
Results and Discussion: The findings included 31 plants belonging to 21 families. Research findings showed that the plants mentioned in Iranian Traditional Medicine resources can contribute to the recovery and treatment of cervicitis through anti- inflammatory, anti- oxidant, anti- bacterial and anti- fungal, wound healing and analgesic effects.
Conclusion: Finding the medicinal plants effective on cervicitis based on ITM could suggest a better strategy for relieving and management of cervicitis symptoms especially in recurrent or persistent condition.

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