Aims of the study: In South Africa, the genus Helichrysum is widely used in traditional medicine. The uses
are well documented although renaming of species and the resulting confusing taxonomic nomenclature
may cause uncertainty as to which specific species was referred to in some reports. The aim of this paper
is to present a collated and coherent overview of the documented traditional uses of Helichrysum species
and to update the botanical identity of previously studied species.
Materials and methods: Databases (Scifinder, ISIWeb of Knowledge) and several bookswere used to collect
in information on South African Helichrysum species.
Results: The traditional uses, chemistry and biological activity of Helichrysum species have been summarized.
It was attempted to give clarity as to exactly which species is refer to in the ethnobotanical
Conclusions: Although a largenumber of ethnopharmacological uses have beendocumentedand the chemistry
of the genus has been studied extensively, only a few South African species have been investigated
for their biological activity.
van Heerden, FR
4068011914444597-Lourens, Viljoen and van Heerden.pdf
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
South African Helichrysum species: A review of the traditional uses, biological
activity and phytochemistry