Medicinal plants: a repository of antiviral metabolites

Medicinal plants: a repository of antiviral metabolites

Abstract

The global disease burden caused by viral infection has persuaded scientists to develop
novel and more effective antiviral drugs. Synthetic antiviral drugs contain substances other
than viruses, which have the ability to offer defensive or therapeutic effects in favor of
virus-infected host. Medicinal plants, on the other hand, have proven to be potent sources
of antiviral agents with some major advantages over conventional drug therapy due to
their broad therapeutic potency and limited side effects. Medicinal plants synthesize and
preserve a variety of biochemical products possessing potential therapeutic index, aiding
elimination/inhibition of viruses. This mini-review provides an insight into medicinal plants
and their metabolites explaining their potential role as major alternatives in the treatment
of viral infections.

No. of Pages
6
Volume
12
Author's Details
Wajid Hussain, Kashif Syed Haleem, Ibrar Khan, Isfahan Tauseef, Sadia Qayyum, Bilal Ahmed & Muhammad Nasir Riaz
Research Field
Microbiology