Antiinflammatory activity of some medicinal plants of the United Arab Emirates

I. A. Wasfi*, A. K. Bashir, A. A. Abdalla, N. R. Banna, M. O M Tanira

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The antiinflammatory activity of 22 plants used in folk medicine, or indigenous in the United Arab Emirates, was tested using the carrageenan-induced rat paw edema method. Three plants (Citrullus colocynthis, Hammada elegans and Rhazya stricta) showed such activity. Activity-guided fractionation of Hammada elegans extract led to the isolation of a single active compound which was identified as piperidine hydrochloride. Citrullus colocynthis-induced antiinflammatory activity may by due to loss of body water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacognosy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • Antiinflammatory
  • Medicinal
  • Plants
  • United Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Molecular Medicine


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