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Dodonea Viscosa Linn: Its Medicinal, Pharmacological and Phytochemical Properties

Volume 2, Issue 4, April 2013, Pages 477–483

 Dodonea Viscosa Linn: Its Medicinal, Pharmacological and Phytochemical Properties

D. Lawal1 and I. Yunusa2

1 Department of Community Health, School of Health Technology, P.M.B 11549, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Biochemistry, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, P.M.B 3244, Kano, Nigeria

Original language: English

Copyright © 2013 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Herbal medicine is the oldest form of health care known to mankind. Herbal medicines have great importance in maintaining the health of every person. Demands of Herbal medicines are increasing in both developed and developing countries due to growing recognition of natural plants being lesser or of no side effect, easily available in surrounding place with low cost. Different parts of the plant have different active constituents and these active constituents may vary in their extent of activity and concentration. Most of active principles are existing in leaves, flower, fruit, bark, root and seeds of the plant. Certain herbs have become popular over the last twenty years, but herbal medicine is still poorly understood by the public, medical practitioners and the media. Nigeria is not left behind most of the world in this endeavor of utilizing herbal medicine. Dodonea viscosa is often used traditionally to treat many diseases like fever, cold, malaria, rheumatism, aches, toothaches, headaches, indigestion, ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, dysmenorrheal and irregular menstruation. The plant is reported to contain alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, steroids, triterpenoids, phytosterols and volatile oil. This review was aimed at describing the medicinal uses, phytochemical components and other important aspects of the plant.

Author Keywords: Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antidiabetic, Anti-inflammatory, Dodonea Viscosa.

How to Cite this Article

D. Lawal and I. Yunusa, “Dodonea Viscosa Linn: Its Medicinal, Pharmacological and Phytochemical Properties,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 477–483, April 2013.