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Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais

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SOUSA, R.G. et al. Anthelmintic activity of native American plants: a review. Rev. bras. plantas med. [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.2, pp.287-292. ISSN 1516-0572.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-05722013000200018.

This paper is a review of native American plants showing anthelmintic activity in order to give support to research and development of new drugs in the field of natural products. In the literature, 22 plant families were cited, such as: Moraceae, Asteraceae and Cucurbitaceae, and around 35 species were studied, including Ficus sp, Cucurbita maxima and Ruta graveolens, used for their putative anthelmintic activity. From these species, 26 were active against some helminthes: Strongyloides stercolaris, Ancylostomidae, Trichostrongylus sp, Capillaria sp, Ascaris lumbricoides, Taenia saginata, Haemonchus contortus and Hymenolepsis diminuta. Data indicated a larger number of studies with animal parasites, probably due to the resistance of these helminthes to the conventional treatments available.

Keywords : plants; anthelmintic activity; America; review.

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