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2019 Jun 28

J Ethnopharmacol


Leaves and stems of Capparis erythrocarpos, more sustainable than roots, show antiarthritic effects.


Twumasi MA, Tandoh A, Mante PK, E E, Boakye-Gyasi ME, Benneh CK, Kumadoh D, Woode E
J Ethnopharmacol. 2019 Jun 28; 238:111890.
PMID: 30999014.


Capparis erythrocarpos is a medicinal plant used widely in many parts of Africa for the management of pain and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Its wide range of use, popularity and high value, make C. erythrocarpos containing products a target for economically driven adulteration. This is made worse, by the use of roots, which are unsustainable plant parts. In addition, the mechanism of anti-inflammation is not clearly understood.