An overview of Clinacanthus nutans (burm. f.) lindau as a medicinal plant with diverse pharmacological values

Loh Teng Hern Tan, Kooi Yeong Khaw, Yong Sze Ong, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Learn Han Lee, Wai Leng Lee, Bey Hing Goh

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Clinacanthus nutans (Burm. f.) Lindau or Sabah snake grass is well-known for its traditional uses in cancer treatment and antidiabetic properties in Asian countries. The plant has demonstrated various pharmacological activities as evidenced by in vitro and in vivo biological investigations, which include antibacterial, antiviral, anticancer, antioxidant, neuroprotective, antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory activities. Several classes of phytochemicals are being isolated and identified from different parts of the plant, such as flavonoids, glycosides, cerebrosides, lignans and phytosterols. This chapter aims to summarize and highlight the therapeutic potentials of C. nutans to substantiate its claims in ethnomedicinal uses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant-derived Bioactives
Subtitle of host publicationProduction, Properties and Therapeutic Applications
EditorsMallappa Kumara Swamy
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9789811517617
ISBN (Print)9789811517600
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Clinacanthus nutans
  • Ethnomedicinal
  • Natural products
  • Pharmacological
  • Phytochemicals
  • Sabah snake grass

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