Week 4: A Step into Cultural Competence

Apr 03, 2020

Welcome back everyone! 

This week’s findings included case studies held by the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences and their findings of the neuroprotective effects of medical plants. Cultural competence is how we can take the next step in improving the health care system as every individual is exposed to the fullest array of treatment. 

It was found that crocus sativus (saffron) has anti-Alzheimer’s properties to treat moderate to mild depression in clinical trial studies. Thi reduces the MDA level which is the marker of oxidative stress and antioxidant status in Alzheimer’s patients, and in this particular case study using 30mg/day for 46 patients ages 55 or older improved cognitive functions. Other examples found in the study include F. asafoetida resin can potentially inhibit monoamine oxidase and can be used in the therapy of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, meanwhile Ferula asafoetida has been reported to have acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibiting property that has a memory increasing effect. I won’t bore you with all of the science behind this, but these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herbs have shown their signs as a source for natural therapy. 

As you can tell, my research has currently strayed away from the Asian American groups, the subject area I had originally proposed in my abstract. My research has taken me in a different direction to studying natural products in general from all over the world, which may eventually lead me back to partially answer my question. There is one thing for sure, and that is cultural integration is necessary to understand the full effects of natural products.

Thanks for reading!



One Reply to “Week 4: A Step into Cultural Competence”

  1. davidc says:

    This is so interesting. I think it is great that you are finding there are lots of different herbs that can be used as aids in the fight against Alzheimer’s! Seems like your research is progressing nicely and you are finding a lot of data to be able to show some connection between nutrition and Alzheimer’s. After reading this, I think I’ll have to put some Saffron in my dinner tonight! Great work!

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