Journal of
Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

  • Abbreviation: J. Pharmacognosy Phytother.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2502
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 180

Review

Medicinal importance of genus Origanum: A review

Shayista Chishti1*, Zahoor A. Kaloo1 and Phalestine Sultan2
1Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Srinagar, J&K, India. 2Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Sanatnagar, Srinagar, J&K, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 01 August 2013
  •  Published: 31 October 2013

Abstract

Genus Origanum is important medicinally as it has antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, antibacterial, antithrombin, antimutagenic, angiogenic, antiparasetic and antihyperglycaemic activities. Phytochemical investigations of the species of this genus have resulted in the extraction of a number of important bioactive compounds. This emphasizes on the need of extensive study for reporting the additional information on the medicinal importance of other unattended species of genus Origanum.

 

Key words: Lamiaceae, secondary metabolites, Origanum, carvacrol.