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Effects of 1.8-cineole (eucal yptol) on the spontaneous contractile activity of smooth muscles fibr

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  
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Eucalyptus oil is frequently used in phytotherapy. The objective of the present paper was to investigate to what extent 1.8-cineole influences the activity of smooth muscle fibres. The effects of 1.8-cineole on the spontaneous contractile activity were investigated in in vitroexperiments with circular smooth muscle fibres of guinea pig stomach. 1.8-cineole was found to have agonistic effects on the 1 and 2 adrenergic receptors. These effects can be registered at low concentrations of up to 3 × 10-7 to 2 × 10-5 M 1.8-cineole. At higher concentrations,the well-known spasmolytic effect appears. At concentrations above 4 × 10-4 M 1.8-cineole, the effect of 10-5 M acetylcholine is 100% suppressed. The results allow for the assumption that, besides the spasmolytic effects investigated to date and owing to its specific effects on the  2 adrenergic receptors of the nerve cells, 1.8-cineole brings about an addition a limprovement to local blood circulation and alleviates pain.


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