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Phytochemistry and Evidence-Based Traditional Uses of the Genus Achillea L.: An Update (2011–2021)

Department of Pharmacognosy & Chemistry of Natural Products, Faculty of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Zografou, 15771 Athens, Greece
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Sci. Pharm. 2021, 89(4), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm89040050 (registering DOI)
Received: 24 October 2021 / Revised: 15 November 2021 / Accepted: 18 November 2021 / Published: 22 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Scientia Pharmaceutica)
Knowledge within the field of phytochemistry research has accelerated at a tremendous speed. The excess of literature reports featuring plants of high ethnopharmacological importance, in combination with our interest in the Asteraceae family and traditional medicine, led us to acknowledge the value of the Achillea L. genus. In a broad context, the various Achillea species are used around the globe for the prevention and treatment of different diseases, including gastrointestinal problems, haemorrhages, pneumonia, rheumatic pains, diuresis, inflammation, infections, and wounds, as well as menstrual and gynaecologic abnormalities. The present review aims to provide and summarize the recent literature (2011–2021) on the phytochemistry of the Achillea genus. In parallel, this study attempts to bridge the reports on the traditional uses with modern pharmacological data. Research articles that focused on secondary metabolites, traditional uses and pharmacological activities were collected from various scientific databases such as Pubmed, ScienceDirect, Reaxys and Google Scholar. This study revealed the presence of 141 phytochemicals, while 24 traditionally used Achillea spp. were discussed in comparison to current data with an experimental basis. View Full-Text
Keywords: Achillea spp.; phytochemicals; flavonoids; sesquiterpene lactones; pharmacological activities; traditional uses Achillea spp.; phytochemicals; flavonoids; sesquiterpene lactones; pharmacological activities; traditional uses
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Barda, C.; Grafakou, M.-E.; Tomou, E.-M.; Skaltsa, H. Phytochemistry and Evidence-Based Traditional Uses of the Genus Achillea L.: An Update (2011–2021). Sci. Pharm. 2021, 89, 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm89040050

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Barda C, Grafakou M-E, Tomou E-M, Skaltsa H. Phytochemistry and Evidence-Based Traditional Uses of the Genus Achillea L.: An Update (2011–2021). Scientia Pharmaceutica. 2021; 89(4):50. https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm89040050

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Barda, Christina, Maria-Eleni Grafakou, Ekaterina-Michaela Tomou, and Helen Skaltsa. 2021. "Phytochemistry and Evidence-Based Traditional Uses of the Genus Achillea L.: An Update (2011–2021)" Scientia Pharmaceutica 89, no. 4: 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm89040050

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