Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science
eISSN No. 2347-2367 pISSN No. 2347-2545

Traditional use of medicinal herbs in Asteraceae family for treatment of hypertension: A review

Author(s): Massumeh Niazi, Fatemeh Yari and Amir Shakarami*

Abstract

Recently, arterial hypertension (AHT) or high blood pressure is considered as one of the most frequent illness condition around the world especially in developing countries. Asteraceae is a well-known family of flowering plants. So far the pharmacological and therapeutic properties of a large number of plants in this family have proven; therefore in the present study we decided to review the some plants of this family that are traditionally used to treat hypertension around the world. The obtained results of the present review investigation demonstrated that 29 medicinal herbs were found that traditionally used to treat hypertension around the world. The most parts of these plants are leave and root; whereas these medicinal herbs are most commonly used in countries of Asian and African such as Iran, Pakistan, India and South Africa, etc. The obtained findings revealed that medicinal herbs in Asteraceae family are globally used to treat and reduce hypertension. The obtained findings revealed that medicinal herbs in Asteraceae family are globally used to treat and reduce hypertension. This results suggested that the plants in this family may be considered as alternative agents in the treatment of hypertension; of course after the evaluation of their toxicity in clinical models; however further investigations are required to clear the accurate anti-hypertensive mechanisms as well as toxicity of these plants in human subjects.

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