A comprehensive perspective of traditional Arabic or Islamic medicinal plants as an adjuvant therapy against COVID-19

Ahmed, Shabina Ishtiaq and Jamil, Sehrish and Ismatullah, Humaira and Hussain, Rashid and Bibi, Shabana and Khandaker, Mayeen Uddin * and Naveed, Aisha and Idris, Abubakr M. and Emran, Talha Bin (2023) A comprehensive perspective of traditional Arabic or Islamic medicinal plants as an adjuvant therapy against COVID-19. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 30 (3). ISSN 1319-562X

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COVID-19 is a pulmonary disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. More than 200 million individuals are infected by this globally. Pyrexia, coughing, shortness of breath, headaches, diarrhoea, sore throats, and body aches are among the typical symptoms of COVID-19. The virus enters into the host body by interacting with the ACE2 receptor. Despite many SARS-CoV-2 vaccines manufactured by distinct strategies but any evidence-based particular medication to combat COVID-19 is not available yet. However, further research is required to determine the safety and effectiveness profile of the present therapeutic approaches. In this study, we provide a summary of Traditional Arabic or Islamic medicinal (TAIM) plants’ historical use and their present role as adjuvant therapy for COVID-19. Herein, six medicinal plants Aloe barbadensis Miller, Olea europaea, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Nigella sativa, Cassia angustifolia, and Ficus carica have been studied based upon their pharmacological activities against viral infections. These plants include phytochemicals that have antiviral, immunomodulatory, antiasthmatic, antipyretic, and antitussive properties. These bioactive substances could be employed to control symptoms and enhance the development of a possible COVID-19 medicinal synthesis. To determine whether or if these TAIMs may be used as adjuvant therapy and are appropriate, a detailed evaluation is advised.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: traditional Arabic plants; traditional Islamic medicinal plants; COVID-19; phytochemicals; ACE2; antiviral; adjuvant therapy; SARS-CoV-2; aleo vera
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Engineering and Technology [formerly School of Science and Technology until 2020] > Research Centre for Applied Physics and Radiation Technologies
Depositing User: Ms Yong Yee Chan
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Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2023 23:47
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 23:47
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/2245

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