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A summary of literatures which presented the pharmacological activities of Morinda morindoides were included. Some highlights are: + Non-polar extracts of M. morindoides showed high effective anti-malarial activities. + The plant may have anti-diarrheal effect due to strong effect against E. coli, V. cholera. + The extracts also showed anti-fungal, hypotensive, hypolipidemic, anti-inflammatory effects. + Flavonoids and irioids of the plant might play crucial role in exhibiting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. + There was one adverse reaction: Antispermatogenic activity.

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Reinforcing the traditional uses of Morinda morindoides in African countries, namely antibacterial, antifungal, anti-diarrhea effects, etc. by providing scientific evidence. Some active ingredients were mentioned and should be deeper investigated for their mechanisms.


This review gave a summary of pharmacological actions of Morinda morindoides with scientific evidence. Its decoction traditionally used for antibacterial, antifungal, anti-diarrhea activities were confirmed. Some other bioactivities were interesting. However, the constituents found or the active ingredients leading to its effect were not the unique compounds of the plants.

Dao Ngoc Hien Tam

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This page is a summary of: Morinda morindoides: A systematic review of its therapeutic activities, South African Journal of Botany, July 2020, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.sajb.2020.01.045.
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