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A review of Acalypha indica L. (Euphorbiaceae) as traditional medicinal plant and its therapeutic potential

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Title
A review of Acalypha indica L. (Euphorbiaceae) as traditional medicinal plant and its therapeutic potential
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Journal of Ethnopharmacology, July 2017
DOI 10.1016/j.jep.2017.06.019
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Nor Syahiran Zahidin, Syafiqah Saidin, Razauden Mohamed Zulkifli, Ida Idayu Muhamad, Harisun Ya'akob, Hadi Nur

Abstract

Acalypha indica is an herbal plant that grows in wet, temperate and tropical region, primarily along the earth's equator line. This plant is considered by most people as a weed and can easily be found in these regions. Although this plant is a weed, Acalypha indica has been acknowledged by local people as a useful source of medicine for several therapeutic treatments. They consume parts of the plant for many therapeutics purposes such as anthelmintic, anti-ulcer, bronchitis, asthma, wound healing, anti-bacterial and other applications. As this review was being conducted, most of the reports related to ethnomedicinal practices were from Asian and African regions. The aim of this review is to summarize the current studies on ethnomedicinal practices, phytochemistry, pharmacological studies and a potential study of Acalypha indica in different locations around the world. This review updates related information regarding the potential therapeutic treatments and also discusses the toxicity issue of Acalypha indica. This review was performed through a systematic search related to Acalypha indica including the ethnomedicinal practices, phytochemistry and pharmacological studies around the world. The data was collected from online journals, magazines, and books, all of which were published in English, Malay and Indonesian. Search engine websites such as Google, Google Scholar, PubMed, Science Direct, Researchgate and other online collections were utilized in this review to obtain information. The links between ethnomedicinal practices and scientific studies have been discussed with a fair justification. Several pharmacological properties exhibited certain potentials based on the obtained results that came from different related studies. Based on literature studies, Acalypha indica has the capability to serve as anthelmintic, anti-inflammation, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, anti-hyperlipidemic, anti-obesity, anti-venom, hepatoprotective, hypoxia, and wound healing medicine. For the traditional practices, the authors also mentioned several benefits of consuming the raw plant and decoction. This review summarizes the current studies of Acalypha indica collected from many regions. This review hopefully will provide a useful and basic knowledge platform for anyone interested in gaining information regarding Acalypha indica.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Malaysia 1 <1%
Unknown 118 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 24 20%
Student > Master 15 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 11%
Researcher 9 8%
Student > Postgraduate 6 5%
Other 19 16%
Unknown 33 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 18 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 8 7%
Engineering 7 6%
Other 26 22%
Unknown 39 33%

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