GARCINIA KOLA: THE PHYTOCHEMISTRY, PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONSAbstract
Medicinal plants are bioresources harnessed by humans to combat diseases and maintain a healthy life. Plants remain the basis for the development of modern drugs for the preservation of health. Garcinia kola is considered a “wonder plant” because every part of it has been found to be of medicinal importance. G. kola seed is used as an antipyretic agent in indigenous system of medicine. Pharmacologic studies on the seed, leaf, and root of this plant showed potent antimicrobial, antiviral, antiulcer, anti-inflammatory, antihepatotoxic, antidiabetic, antihypertensive, adaptogenic, aphrodisiac and antiasthma activities. This review highlights detailed pharmacological properties and phytochemistry of G. kola in an attempt to provide direction for further research toward drug discovery.
C. I. Buba, S. E. Okhale * and I. Muazzam
Department of Medicinal Plant Research and Traditional Medicine (MPR&TM), National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Idu Industrial Area, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.
01 December 2015
21 January 2016
27 January 2016
29 February 2016