Monday, 31 August 2015

Medicinal Plants Chemistry, Biology and Omics 2015, Pages 373–430 Cover image 10 – Potentilla and Rubus medicinal plants: potential non-Camellia tea resources

Medicinal Plants
Chemistry, Biology and Omics
2015, Pages 373–430

10 – Potentilla and Rubus medicinal plants: potential non-Camellia tea resources


Potentilla and Rubus plants of the family Rosaceae are broadly distributed in the Northern Hemisphere and contain abundant secondary metabolites, especially various types of phenolic compounds and terpenoids. Some plants in these two genera are used as non-Camellia herbal tea in folk medicine, while others are also found to have multiple medicinal and food values. Polyphenols of Potentilla and Rubus have drawn increasing attention due to their potent antioxidant properties and their noticeable effects in the prevention of various oxidative stress-associated diseases such as cancer, inflammation, and diabetes. In the past few years, the identification and development of phenolic and other components or extracts from various plants of Potentilla and Rubushave become a major concern. In this review, we provide an updated and comprehensive overview on phytochemical ingredients and their bioactivities and molecular pharmacognosy of Potentilla and Rubus. The antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, and antidiabetic activities of various components and extracts are summarized. Cardio-, neuro-, and hepatoprotective effects are discussed. These studies, as well as progress in molecular pharmacognosy, provide hints for sustainable exploitation and conservation of Potentilla and Rubus non-Camelliatea resources.


  • Potentilla; 
  • Rubus; 
  • Non-Camellia tea; 
  • Phytochemistry; 
  • Bioactivity; 
  • Phylogeny