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Evaluation of acute toxicity and anti-asthmatic activity of Phyllanthus niruri L. leaves extracts

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... It is identified in Amazon rainforest and other tropical areas, including South East Asia, Southern India, and China. P. niruri L. has been extensively reported in traditional and folk medication systems such as Ayurveda and Siddha to treat various diseases including diabetes mellitus, jaundice, asthma, joint pain, immunomodulator, loss of appetite, constipation, injuries, as antimicrobial, conjunctivitis, gonorrheal diseases of males and females, inflammatory diseases, skin itching, kidney stones or failures, and urogenital disease [4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]. Curative properties of P. niruri are due to the presence of polyphenols, include classes of chromones, coumarins, lignans, stilbenes, xanthones, and flavonoid [17][18][19]. ...
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