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Type :article
Subject :QH301 Biology
Main Author :Muhammad Ammar Mohd Azhar
Additional Authors :Wan Mohd Nuzul Hakimi Wan Salleh
Title :Chemical composition and biological activities of essential oils of the genus litsea (Lauraceae) – a review
Place of Production :Tanjong Malim
Publisher :Fakulti Sains dan Matematik
Year of Publication :2020
Corporate Name :Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
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Abstract : Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
Essential oils are largely consumed as they are beneficial to humans as natural remedies and also for biomedical, cosmetic, food, veterinary, and agriculture applications. Litsea which includes around 200 species, is an important genus of the Lauraceae family due to its production of secondary compounds. It comprises several species and can serve as valuable medicinal plants, because of their biological and pharmacological properties. It has been used for a long time in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of diarrhea, stomachache, dyspepsia, gastroenteritis, diabetes, edema, cold, arthritis, asthma, pain, and traumatic injury. Litsea essential oils have been studied for their chemical compositions and biological activities. The present review is an attempt to collect and document the recent studies on essential oils of the genus Litsea. Information on the Litsea species was collected via electronic search (using Pubmed, SciFinder, Scopus, Google Scholar and Web of Science) and a library search for articles published in peer-reviewed journals. This review is mainly meant to provide relevant information on the Litsea essential oils, which could serve as a guide for the selection of accessions or species with the best chemical profiles. The outcome of these studies will further support the therapeutic potential of the genus Litsea and provide convincing evidence to its future clinical applications in modern medicine.


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