In vitro screening of Indian medicinal plants for antiplasmodial activity

Henrik Toft Simonsen, Jesper Brændegaard Nordskjold, Ulla Wagner Smitt, Ulf Nyman, Pushpangadan Palpu, Prabhakar Joshi, George Varughese

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


Plants traditionally used in India to treat fever or malaria were examined in vitro for antiplasmodial properties against Plasmodium falciparum. Of 80 analysed ethanol extracts, from 47 species, significant effects were found for 31 of the extracts. These represent 23 different species from 20 families. Of the active species 20 were tested against P. falciparum for the first time. The following five species seems to be of special interest for further antimalarial studies, Casearia elliptica, Holarrhena pubescens, Pongamia pinnata, Soymida febrifuga, and Plumbago zeylanica.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Indian plants
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • Antiplasmodial
  • Malaria
  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • In vitro screening


Dive into the research topics of 'In vitro screening of Indian medicinal plants for antiplasmodial activity'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this