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Ethno-botany and Pharmacognosy of Ageratum conyzoides L. (Compositae)


Masengo C. Ashande, Pius T. Mpiana, Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua,

1Scientific Committee for Research, Conservation and the Development of Biodiversity, Faculty of Science, University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
2Natural products and Medicinal chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Kinshasa, P.O. Box 190 Kinshasa XI, Democratic Republic of the Congo
3Cell & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of pathogenic Organisms Unit, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Kinshasa, P.O. Box 190 Kinshasa XI, Democratic Republic of the Congo


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Prof. Dr. Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua (PhD),
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Received: February 8, 2015,   Accepted: March 7, 2015,   Published:


Abstract:

Plants have been one of the important sources of medicines since the beginning of human civilization. Nowadays, there is a growing demand for plant based medicines, health products, pharmaceuticals, food supplements, cosmetics etc. Ageratum conyzoides L. is a multipurpose herb. Ageratum conyzoides L. is traditionally used as purgative, febrifuge, anti-ulcer and wound dressing. A review of its ethno-botany and pharmacognosy is given in the present article. The results revealed that Ageratum conyzoides L. is a multipurpose herb and will allow researchers to develop drugs of substitution (phytomedicines) at low cost for the local market, developed, manufactured and distributed in the difficult economic context. Because of its established hematopoietic properties, it is therefore necessary that this medicinal herb be included in our bio-prospection program and screened/ assayed for the antisickling effects.


Keywords: Traditional Medicine, Ageratum conyzoides, ethno-pharmacological validation.


Citation:

Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua, et al. (2015). Ethno-botany and Pharmacognosy of Ageratum conyzoides L. (Compositae). J. of Advancement in Medical and Life Sciences. V2I4. DOI: 10.15297/JALS.V2I4.01


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© 2015 Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


      
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