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A review on Ipomoea carnea: pharmacology, toxicology and phytochemistry

Nusrat Fatima
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka 1342, Bangladesh
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/ Mohammad Mijanur Rahman
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka 1342, Bangladesh
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  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka 1342, Bangladesh
  • Research Center for Preclinical Medicine, Luzhou Medical College, 3–319 Zhongshan Road, Luzhou, Sichuan 646000, P.R. China
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Published Online: 2014-03-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2013-0046


Phytomedicines are increasingly being established in modern medical science. The shrub Ipomoea carnea has been used traditionally for thousands of years. However, there are few scientific studies on this medicinal plant, and most of the information are scattered. In this review, we have summarized the existing knowledge and recent progress on the medicinal importance of I. carnea. Different extracts of I. carnea plant possess anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-convulsant, immunomodulatory, anti-diabetic, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, sedative and wound healing activities. However, some toxicological effects have been also reported. Some of the major phytochemicals associated with the bioactivity of I. carnea have been characterized, which have been discussed in this study too. This review article might be beneficial for phytotherapy research, as I. carnea can be a good source for drug development.

Keywords: Ipomoea carnea; phytomedicine; swainsonine; calystegines; toxicity; medicinal value


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About the article

aNusrat Fatima and Mohammad Mijanur Rahman have equally contributed to this work.

Received: 2013-09-18

Accepted: 2014-02-09

Published Online: 2014-03-22

Published in Print: 2014-06-01

Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 55–62, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, ISSN (Print) 2194-6329, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2013-0046.

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