Present and Future Potential of Antiparasitic Activity of Opuntia ficus-indica

Wafaa M. Hikal1,2, Hussein A.H. Said-Al Ahl3*, Kirill G. Tkachenko4
1Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Tabuk, P.O. Box 741, Tabuk 71491, Saudi Arabia
2Water Pollution Research Department, Environmental Research Division, National Research Centre, 33 El-Bohouth St., Dokki,Giza, Egypt
3Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research Department, National Research Centre, 33 El-Bohouth St., Dokki, Giza, Egypt
4V. L. Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2 Prof. Popova St., Saint Petersburg 197376, Russia

Corresponding Author: shussein272@yahoo.com; Tel: +201025764585
Recieved Date: September 12, 2020; Accepted Date: October 30, 2020; Published Date: 02 November 2020
Citation: Hikal WM, Said-Al Ahl HAH, Tkachenko KG. Present and Future Potential of Antiparasitic Activity of Opuntia ficus-indica. TropJ Nat Prod Res. 2020; 4(10):672-679. https://doi.org/10.26538/tjnpr/v4i10.3
Copyright: © 2020 Hikal et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
ABSTRACT

The prickly pear, Opuntia ficus-indica of the Cactaceae family is important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semi-arid regions. It has multiple uses in folk medicine of different countries since ancient times. This makes it a promising multi-purpose plant for use as food, therapy, and other purposes. Treatment with medicinal and aromatic plants and the use of their biologically active products, especially as anti-parasites, has become a very important and urgent matter due to the need for new anti-parasite drugs, as a result of the emergence of some strains of parasites resistant to chemotherapy. The present review highlights the importance of Opuntia ficus-indica as antiparasitic agent and the possibility of using Opuntia ficus-indica as the most valuable and promising plant in the pharmaceutical industry to treat diseases caused by infection with parasites.

Keywords: Opuntia ficus indica, Antiparasites, Plant active components, Phytotherapy.
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