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2020 May 10

J Ethnopharmacol


A review of traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology of the genus Indigofera.


Gerometta E, Grondin I, Smadja J, Frederich M, Gauvin-Bialecki A
J Ethnopharmacol. 2020 May 10; 253:112608.
PMID: 32004627.


Indigofera is the third-largest genus in the family of Fabaceae, with approximately 750 species. It is distributed across all tropical regions. Indigofera species are widely employed in traditional medicine all around the world, against many ailments. Thus, based on these medicinal properties, various investigations have been undertaken in order to appraise the pharmacological activities and the chemical composition of these species. A recent paper provides a summary of the phytochemistry and pharmacology of the genus Indigofera. Consequently, this review is a continuation of this previous study by updating some data and adding information about the phylogeny and traditional uses of the genus.