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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(12), 2392; doi:10.3390/ijms18122392

Analgesic-Like Activity of Essential Oil Constituents: An Update

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Departamento de Fisiologia e Patologia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, CP 5009, João Pessoa-PB 58051-970, Brazil
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Departamento de Farmácia, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Cristóvão-SE 49100-000, Brazil
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Departamento de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa-PB 58051-970, Brazil
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Received: 23 October 2017 / Revised: 3 November 2017 / Accepted: 3 November 2017 / Published: 9 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effective Mechanisms of Plant Bioactive Essential Fats and Oils)
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The constituents of essential oils are widely found in foods and aromatic plants giving characteristic odor and flavor. However, pharmacological studies evidence its therapeutic potential for the treatment of several diseases and promising use as compounds with analgesic-like action. Considering that pain affects a significant part of the world population and the need for the development of new analgesics, this review reports on the current studies of essential oils’ chemical constituents with analgesic-like activity, including a description of their mechanisms of action and chemical aspects. View Full-Text
Keywords: analgesic; antinociceptive; terpenes; phenylpropanoid; natural products; medicinal plants; aromas; flavor; volatile; food analgesic; antinociceptive; terpenes; phenylpropanoid; natural products; medicinal plants; aromas; flavor; volatile; food
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de Cássia da Silveira e Sá, R.; Lima, T.C.; da Nóbrega, F.R.; de Brito, A.E.M.; de Sousa, D.P. Analgesic-Like Activity of Essential Oil Constituents: An Update. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 2392.

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