The use of immunostimulating herbs in fish. An overview of research

Jeney Galina, G. Yin, L. Ardó, Z. Jeney

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The use of immunostimulants as an alternative to the drugs, chemicals and antibiotics currently being used to control fish diseases in fish culture is attracting the attention of many researchers. In this context, many have focused on the use of medicinal plant products as potential therapeutic measures for modulating the immune response and, specifically, on the use of herbs to prevent and control fish diseases. Medicinal plants (plant remedies) are a deeply rooted component of the cultural heritage of many people from diverse cultures and countries and are, as such, closely linked to the maintenance of good health. The aim of this paper is to review research currently being carried out on the herbs and herbal extracts that have been shown to modulate the immune system of fish. Special attention is given to the use of Chinese and Indian herbs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-676
Number of pages8
JournalFish Physiology and Biochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 11 2009


  • Aquaculture
  • Chinese herbs
  • Fish culture
  • Immunostimulants
  • Indian herbs
  • Innate immunity
  • Medicinal herbs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Aquatic Science

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