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EMERGENT LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH - Vol 6, Issue 1, Published on 30, June 2020

Pages: 64-75
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A review on the Phytochemistry and Pharmacological properties of Picralima nitida Durand and H. (Apocynaceae family): A potential antiCovid-19 medicinal plant species

Author: Clément Liyongo Inkoto, Jean-Pierre Kayembe Kayembe, Pius Tshimankinda Mpiana, Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua

Category: Review Article


In this mini-literature review, the traditional use, nutritional value, phytochemistry and biological properties of P. nitida, a plant used as a conventional African medicine is described. The literature discussed in this investigation established that extracts from P. nitida were very efficient in the treatment of several diseases including malaria. Hence we anticipate that it may be effective against Covid-19 virus also. We suggest that in vitro and in vivo assays should be conducted to confirm the activity of the plant against SARS-CoV-2.

Keywords: covid-19, medicinal plant, Picralima nitida, phytochemistry, pharmacological activities