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A review of Tunisian medicinal plants with anticancer activity

Wissem Aidi Wannes
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  • Laboratory of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants, Biotechnologic Center Borj-Cedria Technopark, Hammam-Lif, Tunisia
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Published Online: 2017-09-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2017-0052


Cancer is a major public health problem in the world. The use of the medicinal plants in cancer prevention and management is frequent in Africa, especially in Tunisia, and it is transmitted from generation to generation within cultures. Many previous studies showed that a wide range of Tunisian medicinal plants exerted cytotoxic and anticancer activity. A comprehensive review was conducted to collect information from scientific journal articles, including indigenous knowledge researches, about Tunisian medicinal plants used for the prevention and management of cancer. The aim of this review article is to provide the reader with information concerning the importance of Tunisian medicinal plants in the prevention and management of cancer and to open the door for the health professionals and scientists working in the field of pharmacology and therapeutics to produce new drug formulations to treat different types of cancer.

Keywords: anticancer potential; cancer; cytotoxicity; medicinal plants; Tunisia


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Received: 2017-04-15

Accepted: 2017-06-06

Published Online: 2017-09-13

Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

Research funding: None declared.

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Honorarium: None declared.

Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design;in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.

Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 1, 20170052, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2017-0052.

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