Herbs & Plants


Botanical Name: Rhazyastricta
Family: Apocynaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Gentianales
Genus: Rhazya

Habitat: Rhazyastricta is a native poisonous plant in Southern Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Oman, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.

The plant is an evergreen dwarf shrub. It produces a large number of terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs) some of which possess important pharmacological properties. However, the yields of these compounds are very low. Establishment of a reliable, reproducible and efficient transformation method and induction of hairy roots system is a vital prerequisite for application of biotechnology in order to improve secondary metabolite yields. In the present review, recent biotechnological attempts and advances in TIAs production through transformed hairy root cultures in R. stricta are reviewed to draw the attention to its metabolic engineering potential.


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Medicinal Uses:
Rhazyastricta is a medicinal plant used in folk medicine to treat diseases such as diabetes mellitus, fever, sore throat, and syphilis (Adam, 1998; El-Ghonemy, 1993). It’s used in the treatment of diseases like boils, eruptions, red sore, infected and swollen eyes, skin rashes, colic and stomach pain etc.

Anti-cancerous and Allelopathic activities are known. Locally diabetic patients drink its leaves water extract.

Known Hazards: Rhazyastricta is a highly poisonous plant.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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