Research: AFIFI-YAZAR and COLLEAGUES,

Listed in Issue 195

Abstract

AFIFI-YAZAR and COLLEAGUES, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. fatueafi@ju.edu.jo review ethnomedicinal plant species used by the inhabitants of Jordan for the treatment of cancer and discuss studies of random screening for selective cytotoxicity and antiproliferative activity of local spices, domesticated greens, or wild plants.

Background

Plant species have long been used as principal ingredients in traditional medicine. Different surveys showed that ethnomedicinal plant species used by the inhabitants of Jordan for the treatment of cancer are inadequately screened for their therapeutic / chemopreventive potential and phytochemical findings.

Methodology

In this mini review, traditional herbal medicines pursued indigenously with their methods of preparation and active constituents are listed. Studies of random screening for selective cytotoxicity and antiproliferative activity of local spices, domesticated greens, or wild plants are briefly discussed.

Results

Recommended future directives for the design and conduct of comprehensive trials are pointed out to validate the usefulness of these active plants or bioactive phytoconstituents, either alone or in combination with existing therapies or complementing pharmacologies.

Conclusion

References

Afifi-Yazar FU, Kasabri V and Abu-Dahab R. Medicinal plants from Jordan in the treatment of cancer: traditional uses vs. in vitro and in vivo evaluations--part 1. [Review] Planta Medica. 77(11):1203-9. Jul 2011.

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