Pharmacological and biological activities of Mirabilis jalapa L.

  • Rozina Rozina Quaid i Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan
Keywords: Mirabilis jalapa L., Phytochemical constituents, Pharmacology.


Plants have been used for health care and medical purposes for several thousands of years. The number of higher plant species on earth is about 250000. It is estimated that 35000 to 70000 species have, at one time or another, been used in some cultures for medicinal purposes. One of these is Mirabilis jalapa L. which is traditionally used as Purgative and emetic, for treatment of many gastrointestinal disorders, including dysentery, diarrhea, muscle pain and abdominal colic. Besides this it also exhibits certain useful activities like Antiviral activity, Antimicrobial activity, Antimalarial activity, Anthelmintic activity, Antioxidant activity, Aytotoxic activity Anti-tubercular drugs induced hepatotoxicity, Antinociceptive activity, Antifungal activity, Anti-corrosion activity, Antispasmodic activity, Anti-inflammatory activity and many others. Pharmacologically active compounds include active alcoholic extract, ether compound-3,3-Methylenebis (4- hydroxycoumarin) N-D-alpha-Phenylyglycinelaminaribiitol-3-(4-(dimethylamino) cinnamoyl) 4hydroxycoumarin. The purpose of my review is to find out the areas of scope and to give the detail of the work done on Mirabilis Jalapa L. for future research work.


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Rozina R. Pharmacological and biological activities of Mirabilis jalapa L. IJPR [Internet]. 30May2016 [cited 21Jan.2019];6(5):160-8. Available from:
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