Objective: The objective of the study was to evaluate the antihypertensive activity of Asteriscus
Methods: L-NAME hypertensive and normotensive rats have received orally the aqueous extract of
Asteriscus graveolens aerial parts (AGAPE) (100 mg/kg) during six hours for the acute experiment and
during seven days for the sub-chronic treatment. Thereafter, blood pressure parameters were evaluated.
Concerning the in vitro investigation, the vasorelaxant effect of AGAPE was tested in isolated thoracic
Results: AGAPE extract significantly decreased the blood pressure parameters in hypertensive rats.
Moreover, the results revealed that AGAPE exhibited antihypertensive effect through its vasorelaxant
properties. More interestingly, this vasorelaxant activity seems to be probably mediated through activation
of K+ ATP-sensitive (KATP) channels.
Conclusion: The study demonstrates the antihypertensive activity of aqueous Asteriscus graveolens
extract in hypertensive rats through activation of vascular KATP channels. This finding supports the use
of this plant for the management of hypertension in Morocco.