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Antiparasitic Activity and the Modes of Action of Natural Products and Traditional Medicines

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Worldwide parasites pose a serious threat to the health of both humans and animals, as well as incur large economic losses. The treatment of parasitic diseases mainly relies on chemotherapy. However, the long-term use of chemical medicines has resulted in more serious problems, such as rapid development of pesticide resistance, resurgence and other side effects, and these problems have further destroyed the healthy community structure of animal husbandry and brought risks for humans.

In the past 50 years, traditional medicines and natural products have been considered an important alternative strategy for sustainable parasitic diseases management for animals and human, and great progress has been achieved. Notably, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded jointly to William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Tu Youyou for their work against parasitic diseases. Now, considerable effort has been made to exploit the active compounds that occur naturally as secondary metabolites of plants, animals and microorganisms, and some traditional medicines and natural products have been proved with the strong antiparasitic activity both animals and human for in-vivo and in-vitro.

This Research Topic will include studies on new advances about antiparasitic activity against animal as well as human parasites, and the modes of action of natural products and traditional medicines. We welcome Original Research Papers, Clinical Research, Reviews, Systematic Reviews and Opinions. New technologies and methods used to explore the modes of actions are also welcome.

We would like to acknowledge Dr. Gulnaz Ilgekbayeva has acted as coordinator and have contributed to the preparation of the proposal for this Research Topic.


Keywords: antiparasitic activity, natural product, traditional medicines, modes of action, diseases


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Worldwide parasites pose a serious threat to the health of both humans and animals, as well as incur large economic losses. The treatment of parasitic diseases mainly relies on chemotherapy. However, the long-term use of chemical medicines has resulted in more serious problems, such as rapid development of pesticide resistance, resurgence and other side effects, and these problems have further destroyed the healthy community structure of animal husbandry and brought risks for humans.

In the past 50 years, traditional medicines and natural products have been considered an important alternative strategy for sustainable parasitic diseases management for animals and human, and great progress has been achieved. Notably, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded jointly to William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Tu Youyou for their work against parasitic diseases. Now, considerable effort has been made to exploit the active compounds that occur naturally as secondary metabolites of plants, animals and microorganisms, and some traditional medicines and natural products have been proved with the strong antiparasitic activity both animals and human for in-vivo and in-vitro.

This Research Topic will include studies on new advances about antiparasitic activity against animal as well as human parasites, and the modes of action of natural products and traditional medicines. We welcome Original Research Papers, Clinical Research, Reviews, Systematic Reviews and Opinions. New technologies and methods used to explore the modes of actions are also welcome.

We would like to acknowledge Dr. Gulnaz Ilgekbayeva has acted as coordinator and have contributed to the preparation of the proposal for this Research Topic.


Keywords: antiparasitic activity, natural product, traditional medicines, modes of action, diseases


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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