Centipeda cunninghamii: an Australian traditional medicinal plant

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Beattie, KD, Waterman, PG & Leach, DN 2011, 'Centipeda cunninghamii, an Australian traditional medicinal plant', paper presented at the 59th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research, Antalya, Turkey, 4-9 September.


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Centipeda cunninghamii (DC.) A.Braun & Asch. is an endemic Australian Asteraceae with a long history of traditional use as a medicinal plant for treating wounds, infections and inflammation. Whilst its essential oil composition, principally chrysanthenyl and sabinyl acetates, has been known for some time, there was little scientific information regarding its phytochemistry and biological activity. Investigations on aqueous ethanolic extracts confirmed its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (ORAC) activity. Detailed investigations suggest the extract acts against a range of inflammatory markers including COX-1, COX-2, NO and TNF-

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Abstract published in Planta Medica, vol. 77, no. 12, pp. 1379.

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