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Maytenus ilicifolia Mart. ex Reissek

  • Larissa Lucena Périco
  • Vinícius Peixoto Rodrigues
  • Luiz Fernando Rolim de Almeida
  • Ana Paula Fortuna-Perez
  • Wagner Vilegas
  • Clélia Akiko Hiruma-LimaEmail author
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Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 5)

Abstract

Herbal medicines are widely used in Brazil and currently constitute an expanding market. Among the species with the highest number of registration entries is Maytenus ilicifolia Mart. ex Reissek, a plant species native to Brazil that has a high medicinal value.

Pharmacological pre-clinical studies have demonstrated the anti-ulcerogenic, anti-secretory, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhea, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-protozoal, anti-cancer and hypotensive properties of this medicinal plant. It has also been established that some of its pharmacological activities are due the presence of terpenoids, flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids and polysaccharides. The species M. ilicifolia has been used in traditional medicine since the mid-1920s. Presently, it is endangered due to the strong anthropic action in natural populations. As a medicinal plant, in Brazil, its leaves are used in homemade and industrial medicines to effectively treat stomach ulcers. Therefore, studies that validate the use of this important Brazilian native plant are warranted.

Keywords

Espinheira-santa Quebrachillo Cancerosa Maytenus ilicifolia Celastraceae 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larissa Lucena Périco
    • 1
  • Vinícius Peixoto Rodrigues
    • 1
  • Luiz Fernando Rolim de Almeida
    • 2
  • Ana Paula Fortuna-Perez
    • 2
  • Wagner Vilegas
    • 3
  • Clélia Akiko Hiruma-Lima
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologySão Paulo State University (UNESP), Institute of BiosciencesBotucatuBrazil
  2. 2.Departament of BotanySão Paulo State University (UNESP), Institute of BiosciencesBotucatuBrazil
  3. 3.Coastal Campus of São VicenteSão Paulo State University (UNESP), Institute of BiosciencesSão VicenteBrazil

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