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A Review On Medicinal Uses, Phytochemistry And Pharmacological Activities Of The Genus Astripomoea (Convolvulaceae)

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Alfred Maroyi



Astripomoea grantii, Astripomoea lachnosperma, Astripomoea malvacea, Astripomoea rotundata, Asteraceae, Convolvulaceae, herbal medicine, indigenous knowledge, southern Africa



The genus Astripomoea A. Meeuse (Convolvulaceae) comprises 12 species with its centre of diversity in East Africa. Some of the species are widely used as traditional medicines. Therefore, this study aims at providing comprehensive information on the medicinal uses, phytochemical and pharmacological properties of Astripomoea species. Electronic databases, including Web of Science, Science Direct, Google Scholar, Scopus, PubMed, and Springer Link were used as information sources. Additional information was obtained from pre-electronic sources such as books, book chapters, scientific journals and other grey literature obtained from the University library. Astripomoea grantii, A. lachnosperma, A. malvacea and A. rotundata were identified as the most frequently used members of the genus as sources of traditional medicines. The aerial parts, flower sap, leaf sap, leaf smoke, leaf and root infusion or decoction of A. grantii, A. lachnosperma, A. malvacea and A. rotundata are mainly used to induce labour and as ethnoveterinary medicine, and traditional medicine for abdominal pains, constipation, cough, eye problems, inflammation, madness, malaria and swellings. The aliphatic tropine, nor-tropine esters and the alkaloid astrimalvine A N-oxide have been isolated from the root bark of A. malvacea. Some species of Astripomoea such as A. grantii and A. malvacea exhibited pharmacological activities such as antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activities. The genus Astripomoea is a valuable source of bioactive phytochemical compounds with therapeutic potential in different diseases. More and broader ethnopharmacological studies are therefore, needed to provide further evidence of the health benefits associated with Astripomoea species.



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