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A Synthesis And Review Of Ethnomedicinal Uses, Phytochemistry And Biological Activities Of Brachylaena Huillensis O. Hoffm. (Asteraceae)

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Alfred Maroyi



Asteraceae, Brachylaena huillensis, Compositae, ethnopharmacology, indigenous knowledge, traditional medicine, tropical Africa



Brachylaena huillensis O. Hoffm. is a shrub or tree widely used as herbal medicine in tropical Africa. The main aim of this review is to provide an overview and critical analysis of the medicinal uses, phytochemistry and biological activities of B. huillensis. The information presented in this study was gathered using various databases such as PubMed, ScienceDirect, Scopus, Google Scholar and Web of Science, and review of books, journal articles and other scientific publications kept in the University library. The leaf and root infusion or decoction of B. huillensis are used as anticandida, and traditional medicine for diabetes, diarrhoea, gastro-intestinal problems, gonorrhoea, malaria and schistosomiasis. Chemical compounds identified from B. huillensis include sesquiterpenoids, carotenoids, coumarins, polyoses, steroids, tannins, triterpenoids and volatile oils. Ethnopharmacological review showed that B. huillensis and phytochemical compounds identified from the species have antibacterial, antifungal, antiprotozoal and antioxidant activities. Further research on B. huillensis should focus on the possible biochemical mechanisms of action of both the crude extracts and identified phytochemical compounds including toxicological, in vivo and clinical studies to corroborate the traditional medicinal applications of the species.



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