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Open Access Vaccinium myrtillus as an antidiabetic medicinal plant – research through the ages

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Bilberry leaves (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) were one of the most frequently used antidiabetic remedies of plant origin before the discovery of insulin. During the last century, many animal, clinical and phytochemical studies have been undertaken with this plant and its extracts and are summarized here. Overall, it must be concluded that the results were more or less disappointing and could not support the traditional use of bilberry leaves against diabetes mellitus which is sometimes recommended even up to the present day.
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Affiliations: 1: Institute for the History of Pharmacy, Philipps-University, Roter Graben 10, Marburg, 35031, Germany, Email: [email protected] 2: Institut für Geschichte der Pharmazie, Marburg; Govi-Verlag, Carl-Mannich-Str. 26, Eschborn, 65760, Germany, Email: [email protected] 3: Institute for the History of Pharmacy, Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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