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Molecules 2012, 17(11), 13132-13145; doi:10.3390/molecules171113132

Ipomea hederacea Jacq.: A Medicinal Herb with Promising Health Benefits

1 Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan 2 Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Salerno, Salerno 84100, Italy
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Received: 22 October 2012 / Revised: 30 October 2012 / Accepted: 31 October 2012 / Published: 5 November 2012
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Ipomea hederacea Jacq. (kaladana or ivy leaf morning-glory), a member of the family Convolvulaceae, is used primarily for its seeds and recognized for its medicinal properties, especially in Asian countries. This medicinal herb contains various valuable chemical constituents such as ecdysteriods, steroidal glycosides, aromatic acids, triterpenes, amino acids, organic acids, mineral elements and vitamins. A number of pharmacological properties such as diuretic, anthelmintic, blood purifier, deobstruent, laxative, carminative and anti-inflammatory actions have been ascribed to this plant, besides its use to treat abdominal diseases, fevers, headache and bronchitis. This review focuses on compositional, medicinal and therapeutic properties of this plant, as a potential sources of bioactive molecules for medicinal and nutraceutical applications.
Keywords: Ipomea hederacea; phytochemistry; pharmacology; compositional studies Ipomea hederacea; phytochemistry; pharmacology; compositional studies
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Zia-Ul-Haq, M.; Riaz, M.; Feo, V.D. Ipomea hederacea Jacq.: A Medicinal Herb with Promising Health Benefits. Molecules 2012, 17, 13132-13145.

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