Echinacea purpurea and reproductive hormones

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J. Pharm. Pharmacogn. Res., vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 255-263, Mar-Apr 2024. DOI: https://doi.org/10.56499/jppres23.1784_12.2.255 Original Article Clinical effect of Echinacea purpurea as an antiviral and its effect on reproductive hormones [Efecto clínico de Echinacea purpurea como antiviral y su efecto sobre hormonas reproductoras] Revi G.H. Novika1,2*, Nurul J. Wahidah1, Ahmad Yunus3,4, Lanjar Sumarno5, Muhana F. … Continue reading Echinacea purpurea and reproductive hormones

J. Pharm. Pharmacogn. Res., vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 255-263, Mar-Apr 2024.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.56499/jppres23.1784_12.2.255

Original Article

Clinical effect of Echinacea purpurea as an antiviral and its effect on reproductive hormones

[Efecto clínico de Echinacea purpurea como antiviral y su efecto sobre hormonas reproductoras]

Revi G.H. Novika1,2*, Nurul J. Wahidah1, Ahmad Yunus3,4, Lanjar Sumarno5, Muhana F. Ilyas6,7

1Midwefy Study Program, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

2Master Program in Public Health, Graduate School, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

3Department of Agrotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

4Center for Research and Development of Biotechnology and Biodiversity, LPPM Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

5Research Center for Agroindustry, National Research and Innovation Agency, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.

6Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

7Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

*E-mail: revi.gama@staff.uns.ac.id

Abstract

Context: Echinacea purpurea, a well-known herbal remedy, is believed to possess immunomodulatory properties and has been traditionally utilized for a wide range of health benefits. However, its antiviral activities, particularly against SARS-CoV-2, and its modulation of reproductive hormones remain unknown.

Aims: To investigate the utilization of E. purpurea herbal preparations as an antiviral by evaluating the Transmembrane Serine Protease 2 (TMPRSS2) expression and investigating its effect on reproductive hormones by measuring androgen in males and estrogen in females.

Methods: Forty male and female participants were randomly assigned to different groups. Daily administration of 400 mg of E. purpurea herbal preparations for 28 days constituted the intervention. The gathering of demographic data was documented. Before and after the intervention, samples were collected for investigation, which included the ELISA-based assessment of androgen, estrogen, and TMPRSS2 expression.

Results: This study indicated that administration of E. purpurea can significantly down-regulate TMPRSS2 expression in both males (8.39 ± 1.13 to 4.16 ± 1.53; p=0.000) and females (14.18 ± 1.93 to 5.25 ± 1.13; p=0.000). The androgen was also significantly down-regulated in the male intervention group (22.73 ± 1.75 to 12.72 ± 2.26; p=0.000). In addition, estrogen levels were also significantly up-regulated in the female intervention group (72.33 ± 11.12 to 161.14 ± 35.13; p=0.000).

Conclusions: E. purpurea may be capable of down-regulating androgen in males, up-regulating estrogen in females, and down-regulating TMPRSS2 expression. This study contributes to the growing body of literature exploring the effects of E. purpurea as an antiviral property, especially for SARS-CoV-2, and its effect on reproductive hormones.

Keywords: androgens; Echinacea; estrogens; reproduction.

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Contexto: Se cree que la Echinacea purpurea, un conocido remedio herbal, posee propiedades inmunomoduladoras y se ha utilizado tradicionalmente para una amplia gama de beneficios para la salud. Sin embargo, aún se desconocen sus actividades antivirales, en particular contra el SARS-CoV-2, y su modulación de las hormonas reproductivas.

Objetivos: Investigar la utilización de preparados herbales de E. purpurea como antiviral mediante la evaluación de la expresión de la proteasa transmembrana de serina 2 (TMPRSS2) e investigar su efecto sobre las hormonas reproductivas mediante la medición de andrógenos en varones y estrógenos en mujeres.

Métodos: Cuarenta participantes masculinos y femeninos fueron asignados aleatoriamente a diferentes grupos. La intervención consistió en la administración diaria de 400 mg de preparados herbales de E. purpurea durante 28 días. Se documentó la recogida de datos demográficos. Antes y después de la intervención, se recogieron muestras para la investigación, que incluyó la evaluación basada en ELISA de la expresión de andrógenos, estrógenos y TMPRSS2.

Resultados: Este estudio indicó que la administración de E. purpurea puede reducir significativamente la expresión de TMPRSS2 tanto en hombres (8,39 ± 1,13 a 4,16 ± 1,53; p=0,000) como en mujeres (14,18 ± 1,93 a 5,25 ± 1,13; p=0,000). El andrógeno también se redujo significativamente en el grupo de intervención masculino (22,73 ± 1,75 a 12,72 ± 2,26; p=0,000). Además, los niveles de estrógeno también aumentaron significativamente en el grupo de intervención femenino (72,33 ± 11,12 a 161,14 ± 35,13; p=0,000).

Conclusiones: E. purpurea puede ser capaz de regular a la baja los andrógenos en los varones, regular al alza los estrógenos en las mujeres y regular a la baja la expresión de TMPRSS2. Este estudio contribuye al creciente cuerpo de literatura que explora los efectos de E. purpurea como propiedad antiviral, especialmente para el SARS-CoV-2, y su efecto sobre las hormonas reproductivas.

Palabras Clave: andrógenos; Echinacea; estrógenos; reproducción.

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Citation Format: Novika RGH, Wahidah NJ, Yunus A, Sumarno L, Ilyas MF (2024) Clinical effect of Echinacea purpurea as an antiviral and its effect on reproductive hormones. J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 12(2): 255–263. https://doi.org/10.56499/jppres23.1784_12.2.255
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