Antiviral activity of some plants used in Nepalese traditional medicine.

Research Center for Applied Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Impact Factor: 1.72). 11/2007; 6(4):517-22. DOI: 10.1093/ecam/nem156
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ABSTRACT Methanolic extracts of 41 plant species belonging to 27 families used in the traditional medicine in Nepal have been investigated for in vitro antiviral activity against Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and influenza virus A by dye uptake assay in the systems HSV-1/Vero cells and influenza virus A/MDCK cells. The extracts of Astilbe rivularis, Bergenia ciliata, Cassiope fastigiata and Thymus linearis showed potent anti-herpes viral activity. The extracts of Allium oreoprasum, Androsace strigilosa, Asparagus filicinus, Astilbe rivularis, Bergenia ciliata and Verbascum thapsus exhibited strong anti-influenza viral activity. Only the extracts of A. rivularis and B. ciliata demonstrated remarkable activity against both viruses.

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