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Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry, and Pharmacological Activities of <i>Coleus amboinicus</i>: A Comprehensive Review

[ Vol. 30 , Issue. 7 ]


Karthika Paul*, Benachakal Honnegowda Jaswanth Gowda*, Umme Hani, Ravandur Shivanna Chandan, Sourav Mohanto, Mohammed Gulzar Ahmed, Sumel Ashique and Prashant Kesharwani   Pages 519 - 535 ( 17 )


Coleus amboinicus Benth., also known as Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng., is a perennial plant from the Lamiaceae family commonly found in tropical and warm regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia. Folk medicine commonly employs this remedy to address various ailments, including but not limited to asthma, headaches, skin disorders, coughs, constipation, colds, and fevers. Several phytoconstituents from various phytochemical classes, such as phenolics, terpenoids, phenolic acids, flavonoids, flavones, and tannins, have been identified in Coleus amboinicus up to the present time. Numerous pharmacological properties of Coleus amboinicus crude extracts have been documented through both in vitro and in vivo studies, including but not limited to antitumor, antibacterial, antifungal, antiprotozoal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antidiabetic, wound healing, analgesic, antirheumatic, and various other therapeutic effects. Due to its extensive history of traditional usage, the diverse array of bioactive phytochemicals, and numerous established pharmacological activities, Coleus amboinicus is widely regarded as having significant potential for clinical applications and warrants further exploration, development, and exploitation through research. With this context, the present study gathers information on the occurrence, biological description, cultivation, and nutritional values of Coleus amboinicus. Furthermore, it thoroughly discusses various phytoconstituents, along with their classes, present in Coleus amboinicus, followed by detailed descriptions of their pharmacological activities based on recent literature.


Bioactive compounds, biomedical applications, Coleus ambionicus, pharmacological activity, phytochemicals, Plectranthus ambionicus.


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