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Molecules 2012, 17(8), 9142-9206; doi:10.3390/molecules17089142
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Bioactivities of the Genus Combretum (Combretaceae): A Review

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa 58051-970, PB, Brazil
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Received: 18 May 2012 / Revised: 23 July 2012 / Accepted: 25 July 2012 / Published: 2 August 2012
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Abstract

The Combretaceae is a large family of herbs, shrubs and trees, comprising about 20 genera and 600 species with tropical distribution around the globe and centers of diversity in Africa and Asia. Some Combretum species are extensively used in traditional medicine against inflammation, infections, diabetes, malaria, bleeding, diarrhea and digestive disorders and others as a diuretic. The present work is a literature survey of Combretum species that have been evaluated for their ability to exert biological activities. A total number of 36 Combretum species are discussed with regard to plant parts used, component tested and bioassay models. This review is of fundamental importance to promoting studies on Combretum species, thereby contributing to the development of new therapeutic alternatives that may improve the health of people suffering from various health problems.
Keywords: Combretaceae; Combretum; bioactivity; medicinal plants; natural products; review Combretaceae; Combretum; bioactivity; medicinal plants; natural products; review
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de Morais Lima, G.R.; de Sales, I.R.P.; Caldas Filho, M.R.D.; de Jesus, N.Z.T.; de Sousa Falcão, H.; Barbosa-Filho, J.M.; Cabral, A.G.S.; Souto, A.L.; Tavares, J.F.; Batista, L.M. Bioactivities of the Genus Combretum (Combretaceae): A Review. Molecules 2012, 17, 9142-9206.

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