Brazilian plants with possible action on the central nervous system - A study of historical sources from the 16th to 19th century

Brazilian plants with possible action on the central nervous system - A study of historical sources from the 16th to 19th century

Author Giorgetti, Melina Google Scholar
Negri, Giuseppina Google Scholar
Rodrigues, Eliana Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Brazil is a country rich in biodiversity, endemism, and cultural diversity, inhabited by different types of population. European expeditions and the migratory processes that began in the 16th century greatly contributed both to cultural diversity and to Brazilian popular therapeutics, and produced the first records on medicinal plants in Brazil. This study comprises a bibliographical survey of historic books found in São Paulo libraries (16th through 19th centuries) on medicinal plants exerting effects on the central nervous system (CNS). Thirty-four plants native to Brazil were selected from the reading of the books. of these 34 plants, 13 were also recorded in ethnopharmacological studies among modern Brazilian communities and 16 have been studied phytochernically. Only eight have been the object of pharmacological studies, six of these, recently, with a request for a patent. Results showed that most of the species recorded in this study have been reported as medicinal for centuries, but have never been the object of pharmacological investigation down to the present time. Such results provide ideas for a selection of these species as potentially bioactive to be included in future pharmacological studies. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords medicinal plants
central nervous system
ethnopharmacology
historic literature
popular knowledge
ethnobotany
Language English
Date 2007-01-19
Published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Clare: Elsevier B.V., v. 109, n. 2, p. 338-347, 2007.
ISSN 0378-8741 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 338-347
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2006.08.003
Access rights Closed access
Type Review
Web of Science ID WOS:000243772300021
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/29463

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