Biological Actions of Opuntia Species

Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy,2010,1,2,146-151.
Published:Jan, 2010
Type:Review Article

Biological Actions of Opuntia Species

Chauhan SP, Sheth NR1, Jivani NP, Rathod IS2, Shah PI3

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Smt. R. B. Patel Mahila Pharmacy Collge, Atkot, 1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Saurashtra University, Rajkot, 2Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, L. M. College of Pharmacy College, Ahmedabad, 3Department of Pharmacology, S. S. Pharmacy College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India


Plants of Opuntia species (Cactaceae) are well-known and important, and are widely used in several indigenous systems of medicine for the treatment of various ailments, viz. asthma, inflammatory diseases, ulcer and diabetes. Different pharmacological experiments in a number of in vitro and in vivo models have convincingly demonstrated the ability of Opuntia species to exhibit various pharmacological activities, lending support to the rationale behind several of its traditional uses. Due to the remarkable biological activity of Opuntia and its constituents, it will be appropriate to develop them as a medicine.