Abstract Title:

Hydration of sickle erythrocytes using a herbal extract (Pfaffia paniculata) in vitro.

Abstract Source:

Br J Haematol. 2000 Oct;111(1):359-62. PMID: 11091225

Abstract Author(s):

S K Ballas


Pfaffia paniculata (PP) is a perennial wild plant that grows in South America. Its root powder has been used by South American Indians for a variety of ailments and has been reported to have a salutary effect on sickle cell disease in Brazil. Its mechanism of action, however, is unknown. In this report, we present experimental data showing that PP improves the deformability of sickle cells, increases their Na+ content and their mean corpuscular volume (MCV). These findings indicate that PP functions as a sodium ionophore on sickle cells and improves their hydration status and rheological properties.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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