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Molecules 2016, 21(1), 20; doi:10.3390/molecules21010020

Analgesic Potential of Essential Oils

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Departamento de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, CEP 58.051-900 João Pessoa-PB, Brazil
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Departamento de Biologia Molecular, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, CEP 58.051-900 João Pessoa-PB, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Maurizio Battino
Received: 7 November 2015 / Revised: 25 November 2015 / Accepted: 26 November 2015 / Published: 23 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 20th Anniversary of Molecules—Recent Advances in Natural Products)
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Pain is an unpleasant sensation associated with a wide range of injuries and diseases, and affects approximately 20% of adults in the world. The discovery of new and more effective drugs that can relieve pain is an important research goal in both the pharmaceutical industry and academia. This review describes studies involving antinociceptive activity of essential oils from 31 plant species. Botanical aspects of aromatic plants, mechanisms of action in pain models and chemical composition profiles of the essential oils are discussed. The data obtained in these studies demonstrate the analgesic potential of this group of natural products for therapeutic purposes. View Full-Text
Keywords: essential oils; aromatic plants; natural products; analgesic; antinociceptive; pain; formalin; monoterpenes; phenylpropanoids; medicinal plants essential oils; aromatic plants; natural products; analgesic; antinociceptive; pain; formalin; monoterpenes; phenylpropanoids; medicinal plants
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Sarmento-Neto, J.F.; do Nascimento, L.G.; Felipe, C.F.B.; de Sousa, D.P. Analgesic Potential of Essential Oils. Molecules 2016, 21, 20.

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