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Squill (Drimia maritima L.) and its novel biological activity


Squill (Drimia maritima L.) as well- known medicinal plants from ancient times has been used for treatment of different ailments. This review article evaluated a comprehensive investigation on squill in modern medicine and its relation to traditional believes. The information were extracted from accessible resources (PubMed, Wiley, Springer, and Google) and Persian and English traditional books. Squill was traditionally used as good remedy for cough, asthma, indigestion, alopecia, pain and lice. Modern clinical studies confirmed the traditional believes on squill in treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver, asthma, head lice, alopecia and inflammatory pains. Also, the antioxidant, anti-parasite, anti-cancer and insecticidal effects of squill have been confirmed in experimental studies. The results of investigations exhibited that squill had good potency in management of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, therefore, it can be more considerate in clinical future.

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Mahboubi, M., Mohammad Taghizadeh Kashani, L. & Mahboubi, M. Squill (Drimia maritima L.) and its novel biological activity. Orient Pharm Exp Med 19, 227–234 (2019).

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  • Squill
  • Drimia maritima
  • Oxymel
  • Expectorant
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Indigestion