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Unformatted text preview: all herb found growing in damp, wet and lo w open space in the forest of peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Sumatra and northern Borneo . The folklores regarding the species are rich enough. In Malaysia, the leaves of H. sagittifolia are used as a poultice to cure leg sores. A decoction of the rhizomes and leaves is given to drink for fever. In the village, the leaves are wrapped around heated stones to massage the abdomen of women just after childbirth. This is believed to hasten the contraction of the womb and revitalize blood circulation. Four sesquiterpenoids compounds, oplopanone, 1α, 4β, 7β-trihydroxyeudesmane, 1α, 4β, 7α-trihydroxyeremophilane and 1α, 4β, 7βtrihydroxyeremophilane, were isolated from the rhizomes of H. sagittifolia. Their structures were elucidated by means of spectroscopic data interpret ation, mainly 1D, 2D NMR, IR and mass spectrometry. 168 3rd ICYC 2010 Universiti Sains Malaysia NAT-O9 NON-VOLATILE ISOLATES OF TWO HETEROPYXIS SPECIES
1,4 23rd-25th June 2010 AMA Mohammed, PH Coombes, 1 1,2 NR Crouch and 1,3 DA Mulholland 2 School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Durban, 4000, South Africa Ethnobotany Unit, South African National Biodiversity Institute, PO Box 52099, Berea Road 4007, South Africa 3 Division of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, United Kingdom 4 Department of Chemistry, Alzaeim Alazhari University, P O Box 1432, Khartoum, Sudan E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 1 During the course of this study, the genus Heteropyxis was moved, on botanical grounds, from the family Heteropyxidaceae to the Myrtaceae, where it is now the sole genus of the subfamily Psiloxyloideae and it comprises only three species: H. canescens Oliver, H. natalensis Harvey and H. dehniae Susseng. A literature survey of this genus revealed that only essential oils composition has be en studied although H. natalensis is used widely in Zulu traditional medicine as medic...
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