Cassia spectabilis (DC) Erwin et Barn: A promising traditional herb in health improvement

L. Jothy, Subramanion and Torey, Angeline and Darah, Ibrahim and Yee, Siew Choong and Dharmaraj, Saravanan and Yeng, Chen and Yoga Latha, Lachimanan and Deivanai, Subramanian and Sasidharan, Sreenivasan (2012) Cassia spectabilis (DC) Erwin et Barn: A promising traditional herb in health improvement. Molecules, 17 (9). pp. 10292-10305. ISSN 1420-3049

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The genus Cassia, comprising about 600 species widely distributed worldwide is well known for its diverse biological and pharmacological properties. Cassia spectabilis (sin Senna spectabilis) (DC) Irwin et Barn (Fabaceae) is widely grown as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical areas. C. spectabilis has been commonly used in traditional medicine for many years. Information in the biomedical literature has indicated the presence of a variety of medicinally-important chemical constituents in C. spectabilis. Pharmacological studies by various groups of investigators have shown that C. spectabilis possesses significant biological activity, such as antibacterial, antibiofilm, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Beside this, toxicity studies of this plant have revealed no toxic effect on mice. In view of the immense medicinal importance of C. spectabilis, this review aimed at compiling all currently available information on C. spectabilis’s botany, phytochemistry, pharmacology, and mechanism of actions, toxicology and its ethnomedicinal uses.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cassia spectabilis; pharmacological properties; ethnomedicinal uses; phytochemistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Dr Saravanan Dharmaraj
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2015 04:51
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2015 04:51

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