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Medicine, African Traditional

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  • Extracts obtained from 10 trees used in South African traditional medicine were screened for antibacterial, anti-inflammatory (COX-1 and COX-2) and anti-cholinesterase activities and investigated for potential mutagenic effects using the Ames test [1].
  • Daphnane orthoesters are the active ingredients of plant remedies from the Western, Chinese and African traditional medicine, and have provided important tools to investigate medicinally relevant processes like tumour promotion, apoptosis, neurotrophism, and VR1 activation [2].
  • The major leaf flavonoid of Dodonaea angustifolia, an important South African traditional medicine, has been identified as 5,7,4'-trihydroxy-3,6-dimethoxyflavone (1) [3].
  • Evaluation of traditional African medicine "Compound R" for the treatment of thermal burn wounds in fuzzy rats [4].


  1. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cholinesterase and mutagenic effects of extracts obtained from some trees used in South African traditional medicine. Eldeen, I.M., Elgorashi, E.E., van Staden, J. Journal of ethnopharmacology. (2005) [Pubmed]
  2. Daphnane-type diterpene orthoesters and their biological activities. He, W., Cik, M., Appendino, G., Puyvelde, L.V., Leysen, J.E., De Kimpe, N. Mini reviews in medicinal chemistry. (2002) [Pubmed]
  3. The major flavonoid of Dodonaea angustifolia. van Heerden, F.R., Viljoen, A.M., van Wyk, B.E. Fitoterapia (2000) [Pubmed]
  4. Evaluation of traditional African medicine "Compound R" for the treatment of thermal burn wounds in fuzzy rats. Noormohamed, S.E., Kumar, V., Min, D.I. The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation. (1994) [Pubmed]
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