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Title: 

A REVIEW ON THE MEDICINAL USES OF THE PLANTS OF THE GENUS OPUNTIA

Type: POSTER
Author(s): KIANBAKHT S.*
 
 *DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOLOGY AND APPLIED MEDICINE, MEDICINAL PLANTS RESEARCH CENTER, RESEARCH COMPLEX OF JAHAD DANESHGAHEE, KAVOSH ST., SOOPA ST., BESIDE SOOPA FACTORY, 55 KILOMETERS OF TEHRAN-GAZVIN ROAD
 
Name of Seminar: IRANIAN CONGRESS OF PHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY
Type of Seminar:  CONGRESS
Sponsor:  PHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY SOCIETY, MASHHAD UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE
Date:  2007Volume 18
 
 
Abstract: 

The genus Opuntia comprises 250 species and belongs to the family Cactaceae. The opuntia species are indigenous to the continent of America. Among them Opuntia ficus-indica Mill. that is known as cactus or indian fig in Iran, is grown in the southern Iran and the coasts of the Mazandaran Sea. Aerial parts of the opuntia species namely fruits, stems and flowers are used as medicines. Pharmacological studies have demonstrated that the Opuntia species have blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride lowering, antiplatelet, gastric ulcer healing and antioxidant properties and also can prevent gastric ulcers and protect the kidneys and the cardiovascular system. The Opuntia species are used to treat diabetes, burning of urethra, wounds, abscesses and skin inflammation in the traditional medicine of Iran and other countries.

 
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