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Mikania glomerata Spreng. & Mikania laevigata Sch.Bip. ex Baker

  • Letícia M. Ricardo
  • Maria G. L. BrandãoEmail author
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Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 5)

Abstract

Guaco is the popular name of both Mikania glomerata Spreng. and Mikania laevigata Schultz Bip. ex Baker. Both species are lianas. Their leaves and stems have been used for centuries in Brazil to treat snake bites and respiratory troubles. Studies have validate their bronchodilator and expectorant activities, properties that are commonly associated with the presence of coumarins (1,2-benzopyrone). Other substances identified in the extracts also contribute to the pharmacological effects. Studies have demonstrated also anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-ulcerogenic activities. Morphological, anatomical and molecular studies recently performed in order to verify the differences between the two species, show a large degree of similarity. These results signalize that both species could be unified in terms of nomenclature.

Keywords

Guaco Mikania glomerata Mikania laevigata Compositae 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEPLAMT, Museu de História Natural e Jardim Botânico & Faculdade de FarmáciaUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Assistência Farmacêutica e Insumos Estratégicos, Secretaria de CiênciaTecnologia e Insumos EstratégicosMinistério da SaúdeBrazil
  3. 3.CEPLAMT, Museu de História Natural e Jardim Botânico & Faculdade de FarmáciaUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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