Anti-inflammatory and Antitumor Properties of Eriobotrya Japonica Lindl: Mini-Review

Author(s): Ramirez-Gomez Xochitl Sofia, Monroy-Torres Rebeca, Linares-Segovia Benigno

Journal Name: Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Under Re-organization)
Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents

Volume 14 , Issue 1 , 2014


Eriobotrya japonica Lindl. (Rosaceae) is widely used as an herbal remedy in many countries. Astringent leaves of loquat have been used to treat asthma, chronic bronchitis, coughs, phlegm, high fever, cancer, diabetes, and gastroenteric disorders. Various phytochemical compounds, such as triterpenes, sesquiterpenes, flavonoids, tannins, and megastigmane glycosides, have been found in the leaves of this plant and some of these compounds have been reported to be biologically active, exhibiting anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, cytotoxic, anti-mutagenic, anti-tumor, or hypoglycemic properties. In this review, we will present the anti-inflammatory and antitumor properties of Eriobotrya japonica extracts and isolated phytochemical compounds, highlighting the need for further evidence-based research.

Keywords: Anti-inflammatory, antitumor, cytotoxic activity, Eriobotrya japonica Lindl., phytochemical compounds, traditional medicine.

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Year: 2014
Published on: 11 August, 2014
Page: [15 - 20]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/187152221401140812144744

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