Fenugreek Oil's Impact on Healing Mouth Ulcers by Studying Cell Growth Markers

Greg Howard
14th June, 2024

Fenugreek Oil's Impact on Healing Mouth Ulcers by Studying Cell Growth Markers

Image Source: Natural Science News, 2024

Key Findings

  • The study from the University of Baghdad investigated the effects of fenugreek leave oil on healing mucosal ulcers in rats
  • Rats treated with fenugreek leave oil showed a significant increase in Ki-67 expression, a marker of cell proliferation, by the 3rd day
  • The findings suggest that fenugreek leave oil accelerates the healing process by promoting cell growth and reducing inflammation
Wound healing is a complex process involving various cells, the extracellular matrix, and soluble mediators like growth factors and cytokines. Recent research from the University of Baghdad has explored innovative therapies to enhance wound healing, focusing on natural remedies such as fenugreek leave oil[1]. This study aims to assess the expression of Ki-67, a marker associated with cell proliferation, in rat mucosal ulcers treated with fenugreek leave oil. The study utilized 24 male Wistar albino rats, divided into three groups: a normal group with no ulcer, a control group with surgically induced ulcers, and a study group with ulcers treated with fenugreek leave oil. Tissue samples were collected and analyzed for Ki-67 expression after 3 and 7 days. The results showed a significant increase in Ki-67 expression in the study group compared to the control group on the 3rd day, indicating that fenugreek oil accelerates the healing process of mucosal ulcers. The findings align with earlier studies on tissue repair mechanisms and the role of growth factors. For instance, platelet-rich therapies have been used to enhance tissue healing by providing molecular signals that control cell growth and differentiation[2]. Similarly, fenugreek oil appears to release anti-inflammatory components that reduce unnecessary inflammation and promote cell proliferation, as evidenced by the elevated Ki-67 levels. Moreover, the study's focus on the oral mucosal barrier ties in with previous research on the importance of maintaining this barrier to prevent diseases such as periodontitis and oral cancer[3]. The accelerated healing observed with fenugreek oil could potentially contribute to better oral health by maintaining the integrity of the oral epithelial barrier. Vitamin C's role in wound healing and tissue maintenance has also been well-documented[4]. While the current study did not directly investigate vitamin C, the broader context of natural remedies in accelerating wound healing remains relevant. In conclusion, the University of Baghdad's study provides compelling evidence that fenugreek leave oil can significantly enhance the healing of mucosal ulcers by increasing Ki-67 expression. This research not only supports the use of natural remedies in wound care but also aligns with existing knowledge on tissue repair and the importance of maintaining the oral epithelial barrier.



Main Study

1) Effect of fenugreek oil on healing of experimentally induced buccal mucosal ulcer by immunohistochemical evaluation of Ki-67 expression.

Published 13th June, 2024


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2) Platelet-rich therapies in the treatment of orthopaedic sport injuries.


3) The maintenance of an oral epithelial barrier.


4) Vitamin C in disease prevention and cure: an overview.


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