Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3833

Review

Bioactive potential of Anethum graveolens, Foeniculum vulgare and Trachyspermum ammi belonging to the family Umbelliferae - Current status

Gurinder Jeet Kaur and Daljit Singh Arora*
Microbial Technology Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005, Punjab, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 15 December 2009
  •  Published: 18 January 2010

Abstract

Emerging antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem that has led to the need for development of novel antimicrobials. Evaluation of natural products as safe and effective antimicrobial agents is one of the scientific strategies to combat the menace of drug-resistant pathogens. Natural products are in use for the treatment of infectious diseases since times immemorial and plants have been an integral part of traditional medicinal system all over the world. Recent years have witnessed a renewed interest in homemade remedies as an impressive number of modern drugs have been developed from plants. The objective of this review is to provide a consolidated report on traditional uses and biological activities of three medicinal plants vizAnethum graveolensFoeniculum vulgareand Trachyspermum ammi which have been extensively used for gastrointestinal disorders.

 

Key words: Antimicrobials, bioactivity, Anethum graveolensFoeniculum vulgare, medicinal plants, Trachyspermum ammi.