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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
ISSN: 1596-5996
EISSN: 1596-9827
Vol. 10, No. 5, 2011, pp. 681-692
Bioline Code: pr11082
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 10, No. 5, 2011, pp. 681-692

 en Phytochemical Constituents and Pharmacological Activities of Plants from the Genus Adiantum check for this species in other resources : A Review
Pan, C; Chen, YG; Ma, XY; Jiang, JH; He, F & Zhang, Y


Adiantum check for this species in other resources is a genus of ca. 200 species in the family Adiantaceae, distributed extensively across the world from cool temperate zones to hot tropical regions. A lot of Adiantum species have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure human and animal diseases including relief of internal heat or fever, enhancement of urination, removal of urinary calculus, and sundry other curative claims. Chemical studies have shown the presence of various classes of compounds, the main ones being triterpenoids, flavonoids, phenyl propanoids, steroids, alicyclic acids, lipids and long-chain compounds. The extract of this genus as well as pure compounds isolated from it have been demonstrated to possess multiple pharmacological activities such as analgesic, antinociceptive, anti-implantation, and antimicrobial activities. In this review, we have addressed the phytochemistry and pharmacological activities of the Adiantum species in order to collate existing information on this plant as well as highlight its multi-activity properties as a medicinal agent.

Adiantum species, Adiantaceae, Phytochemical constituents, Pharmacological activities.

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