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Genus Arisaema: A Review of Traditional Importance, Chemistry and Biological Activities..

Author(s):

Kamal Kant*, Uma Ranjan Lal, Ravi Rawat, Anoop Kumar and Manik Ghosh   Pages 1 - 44 ( 44 )

Abstract:


Background: The Arisaema (Araceae) is a genus of approximately 180 perennial herbs widely distributed in the evergreen and deciduous forests. This genus (Arisaema) is used as medicinal agent since ancient times. Experimental investigations have shown promising positive coorelation with its folklore claim and this encourages us to report updated medicinal review (genus Arisaema) for future research.

Objective: This review aimed to summarize the ethnobotany, folklore uses, chemistry and biological activities.

Conclusion: The comprehensive literature on genus Arisaema indicates the presence of terpenoids, flavonoids, and glycosphingolipids as the principal chemical constituents. Additionally, phytosterols, alkaloids, carboline derivatives and miscellaneous compounds were documented in plants of genus Arisaema. Biological investigations led to credentials of antioxidant, anticancer, insecticidal, antimicrobial, anthelmintic and hepatoprotective activities. Following, several plant species are promising candidates for the treatment of cancer, parasitic diseases and microbial infection complications. Though, a lot of facets of this genus like phytoconstituents identification, mechanistic profile, adverse effects and clinical studies are still quite limited. Thus, this systematic review may act as a powerful tool in future studies for promoting health benefits against various health hazards.

Keywords:

Arisaema, anticancer, phytoconstituents, flavonoids, terpenoids, antimicrobial.

Affiliation:

Department of Pharmaceutics, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati 781125, Assam, Department of Natural Products, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382355, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi – 835215, Jharkhand, Department of Pharmacology, Indo-Soviet Friendship College of Pharmacy (ISFCP), Moga, Punjab, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi – 835215, Jharkhand



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