Ethnopharmacological evaluation of radal (leaves of Lomatia hirsuta) and isolation of 2-methoxyjuglone

Henrik Toft Simonsen, Anne Adsersen, Louise Berthelsen, Søren B. Christensen, Alfonso Guzmán, Per Mølgaard

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Background: Leaves of Lomatia hirsuta are used in traditional medicine in Chile under the common name of "radal". A tea of radal is traditionally used for treatment of cough, bronchial troubles, and asthma. In a preliminary screening, extracts of the leaves revealed antifungal activity, and the present phytochemical study was undertaken to explain this activity and support the traditional use. Methods: Along with the traditional tea, extracts of the leaves were screened for antifungal and toxic activities. The profile of secondary constituents was obtained using GC-MS. Results: 2-Methoxyjuglone was isolated from the leaves of Lomatia hirsuta and found to be active against the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans (MIC = 8 μg/mL). Cinnamic acid and vanillic acid were identified as major constituents in the tea by GC-MS. The tea was found not to be toxic against Artemia salina. Conclusion: The presence of phenolic acids with antimicrobial properties supports the traditional use of Radal, and encourages further studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number29
JournalBMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Issue number1
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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