Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3830


Pharmacological activity of Althaea officinalis L.

S. M. Ali Shah1, Naveed Akhtar1, M. Akram2, Pervaiz Akhtar Shah3, Tariq Saeed3, Khalil Ahmed1 and H. M. Asif1
1Faculty of Pharmacy and Alternative Medicine, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 2Faculty of Eastern Medicine, Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan. 3University college of Pharmacy, The University of Punjab Lahore, Pakistan.
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  •  Accepted: 04 April 2011
  •  Published: 30 October 2011


Althaea officinalis belongs to family Malvaceae. It is one of the medicinal plants used therapeutically since ancient time. The leaves of the A. officinalis plant as well as the root are used as medicineRoots of A. officinalis contain mucilage, flavonoids and glycosides, additionally the leaves contain the coumarin scopoletin. Due to having valuable secondary metabolites it exert potential therapeutic effect. In vitro and in vivo study of A. officinalisindicates significant pharmacological activity in the cough, irritation of the throat, gastric inflammation, anti-tumor, antiviral and immunostimulant. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activities, effects on mucociliary transport, adhesion of polysaccharide to buccal membranes and reduction of cough are reported.


Key words: Pharmacological activity, Althaea officinalis, pectin.