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Advances in Pharmacological Sciences
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 4104595, 9 pages
Review Article

A Review on Medicinal Properties of Orientin

1School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, International Medical University, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2Division of Biomedical Science and Biotechnology, School of Health Sciences, International Medical University, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Perak Campus, 31900 Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

Received 17 November 2015; Revised 4 March 2016; Accepted 14 April 2016

Academic Editor: Hansen Wang

Copyright © 2016 Kit Ying Lam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Medicinal plants continue to play an important role in modern medications and healthcare as consumers generally believe that most of them cause fewer or milder adverse effects than the conventional modern medicines. In order to use the plants as a source of medicinal agents, the bioactive compounds are usually extracted from plants. Therefore, the extraction of bioactive compounds from medicinal plants is a crucial step in producing plant-derived drugs. One of the bioactive compounds isolable from medicinal plants, orientin, is often used in various bioactivity studies due to its extensive beneficial properties. The extraction of orientin in different medicinal plants and its medicinal properties, which include antioxidant, antiaging, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammation, vasodilatation and cardioprotective, radiation protective, neuroprotective, antidepressant-like, antiadipogenesis, and antinociceptive effects, are discussed in detail in this review.