A review of antimalarial plants used in traditional medicine in communities in Portuguese-Speaking countries: Brazil, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe and Angola

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Abstract

The isolation of bioactive compounds from medicinal plants, based on traditional use or ethnomedical data, is a highly promising potential approach for identifying new and effective antimalarial drug candidates. The purpose of this review was to create a compilation of the phytochemical studies on medicinal plants used to treat malaria in traditional medicine from the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPSC): Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe. In addition, this review aimed to show that there are several medicinal plants popularly used in these countries for which few scientific studies are available. The primary approach compared the antimalarial activity of native species used in each country with its extracts, fractions and isolated substances. In this context, data shown here could be a tool to help researchers from these regions establish a scientific and technical network on the subject for the CPSC where malaria is a public health problem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-158
Number of pages17
JournalMemorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
VolumeVol. 106
Issue numbersupl. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Antimalarial
  • Medicinal plants
  • Extracts
  • Malaria
  • Folk medicine

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