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Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1871-5303
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Scoping Review

Effects of Piper sarmentosum on Bone Health and Fracture Healing: A Scoping Review

Author(s): Sophia Ogechi Ekeuku, Kok-Yong Chin* and Elvy Suhana Mohd Ramli

Volume 23, Issue 7, 2023

Published on: 07 February, 2023

Page: [908 - 916] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/1871530323666221130152737

Price: $65


Background: Piper sarmentosum (PS) is a traditional herb used by Southeast Asian communities to treat various illnesses. Recent pharmacological studies have discovered that PS possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Since oxidative stress and inflammation are two important processes driving the pathogenesis of bone loss, PS may have potential therapeutic effects against osteoporosis.

Objective: This review systematically summarised the therapeutic effects of PS on preventing osteoporosis and promoting fracture healing.

Methods: A systematic literature search was performed in November 2021 using 4 electronic databases and the search string "Piper sarmentosum" AND (bone OR osteoporosis OR osteoblasts OR osteoclasts OR osteocytes).

Results: Nine unique articles were identified from the literature. The efficacy of PS has been studied in animal models of osteoporosis induced by ovariectomy and glucocorticoids, as well as bone fracture models. PS prevented deterioration of bone histomorphometric indices, improved fracture healing and restored the biomechanical properties of healed bone in ovariectomised rats. PS also prevented osteoblast/osteocyte apoptosis, increased bone formation and mineralisation and subsequently improved trabecular bone microstructures and strength of rats with osteoporosis induced by glucocorticoids. Apart from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, PS also suppressed circulating and skeletal expression of corticosterone and skeletal expression of 11β hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 but increased the enzyme activity in the glucocorticoid osteoporosis model. This review also identified several research gaps about the skeletal effects of PS and suggested future studies to bridge these gaps.

Conclusion: PS may be of therapeutic benefit to bone health. However, further research is required to validate this claim.

Keywords: Postmenopausal osteoporosis, glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, oxidative stress, bone fragility, fracture healing, Piper sarmentosum.

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