Zechariah Marting

Phytochemical profiling and pharmacological studies of Australian grown Vernonia amygdalina Delile (Family: Asteraceae)

Plants have always served as natural sources of medicines, supplements, economic, cosmetic, and industrial materials to humankind from time immemorial. One of the most used medicinal plants, Vernonia amygdalina Delile (Family: Asteraceae) occurs naturally in most tropical and subtropical African and Asian countries. This plant is being naturalised in Australia where hundreds of thousands of Australian Africans, Australian Asians, Australian South Americans, etc. utilise it for macro- and micro-nutritional and health purposes.

Ethnomedicinal reports show that the plant can treat about 44 different disease conditions. The aim of this study is evaluate the pharmacognostic, phytochemical and pharmacological value of Vernonia amygdalina Delile for the effective prevention and management of diabetes mellitus.


Dr Mitchell Low