The genus Mussaenda is an important source of medicinal natural products, particularly iridoids, triterpenes and flavonoids. The purpose of this paper is to cover the more recent developments in the ethnobotany, pharmacology and phytochemistry of this genus. The species in which the largest number of compounds has been identified is Mussaenda pubescens. Pharmacological studies have also been made, however, of other species in this genus. These lesser known plants of the genus are described here according to their cytotoxicity, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. The information given here is intended to serve as a reference tool for practitioners in the fields of ethnopharmacology and natural products chemistry.
Vidyalakshmi, K. S.; Vasanthi, Hannah R.; and Rajamanickam, G. V.
"Ethnobotany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology of Mussaenda Species (Rubiaceae),"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2008
, Article 57.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2008/iss1/57