A review of the medicinal properties and applications of pycnanthus angolensis (WELW) warb

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dc.contributor.author Achel, D.G.
dc.contributor.author Alcaraz, M.
dc.contributor.author Adabo, K.R.
dc.contributor.author Nyarko, A.K.
dc.contributor.author Gomda, Y.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-15T08:27:35Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-16T13:20:15Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-15T08:27:35Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-16T13:20:15Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Achel, D. G., Alcaraz, M., Adabo, K. R., Nyarko, A.K., & Gomda, Y. (2012). A review of the medicinal properties and applications of pycnanthus angolensis (WELW) warb. Pharmacologyonline, 2, 1-22. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/3211
dc.description.abstract Pycnanthus angolensis (also known as African/false nutmeg) is native to the forest zones of West Central Africa. Its use in folklore for the cure of diseases is well documented. Data collected from several references from various research groups in the literature confirm its wide spread use in folk medicine. Among the ailments purported to be cured or controlled by extracts of the plant include diabetes, cognitive disorders, cancer, osteoarthritis, to assuage inflammation, fight microbial infection and for wound healing. Extensive investigative work conducted on the plant exposing its rich phytochemical profile probably provides clue to its value as an important medicinal plant. Over 50 phytochemicals have been isolated from the plant some of which are potential new drug leads. The current review presents the ethnobotanical uses of Pycnanthus angolensis through some evaluated biological activities of various extracts on different models to the numerous chemical compounds isolated from the plant. It concludes by succinctly touching on the current and future perspectives of the plant. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Pharmacologyonline en_US
dc.subject Pycnanthus angolensis en_US
dc.subject Medicinal plant en_US
dc.subject Folklore en_US
dc.subject Biological activities en_US
dc.subject Phytochemical profile en_US
dc.title A review of the medicinal properties and applications of pycnanthus angolensis (WELW) warb en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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    The Clinical Pathology Department conducts research that contributes to intervention strategies and safeguards of public health in Ghana. In view of this the Department carries out research into plant medicine development, drug interactions and regulation, bio-monitoring and prevention of poisoning from environmental toxicants (e.g. mycotoxins specifically aflatoxins and toxic heavy metals). The Department also provides specialized laboratory services in support of public health programmes.

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