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2022 Nov 24

J Ethnopharmacol

Impatiens balsamina: An updated review on the ethnobotanical uses, phytochemistry, and pharmacological activity.


Qian H-Q, Wang B, Ma J, Li C, Zhang Q, Zhao Y
J Ethnopharmacol. 2022 Nov 24:115956.
PMID: 36436713.


Impatiens balsamina is an annual herb of the Balsaminaceae family, which is cultivated extensively in Asia as an ornamental plant. Notably, as a folk medicine, I. balsamina has been long prescribed for the treatment of rheumatism, isthmus, generalized pain, fractures, inflammation of the nails, scurvy, carbuncles, dysentery, bruises, foot diseases, etc. AIM OF THE STUDY: The paper overviews comprehensive information on ethnobotanical uses, phytochemistry, pharmacological activity, and toxicity of I. balsamina, aiming at laying a sturdy foundation for further development of I. balsamina.