Anti-inflammatory natural products

Olumayokun Olajide, Satyajit D. Sarker

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Chronic inflammation is now widely accepted to contribute to diseases such as asthma, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases, metabolic syndrome, neurodegenerative diseases and rheumatic conditions. Most currently available anti-inflammatory drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and anti-inflammatory steroids have limitations associated with side effects and cost. Consequently, there is continued focus on plant-derived natural products to treat inflammatory disorders. This chapter explores the pharmacological actions of some naturally occurring, alkaloids, flavonoids and terpenes, which have shown promising benefits in both in vitro and in vivo experimental models reflecting the pathologies of inflammatory diseases. Due to their chemical diversity and known mechanisms of anti-inflammatory action, further clinical investigations on these natural products may result in the development of novel anti-inflammatory agents with minimal side effects. Natural products like the antimalarial artemisinin can be re-purposed as an anti-inflammatory drug.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedicinal Natural Products
Subtitle of host publicationA Disease-Focused Approach
EditorsSatyajit Dey Sarker, Lutfun Nahar
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780128210192
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameAnnual Reports in Medicinal Chemistry
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
ISSN (Print)0065-7743


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