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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 8108643, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/8108643
Review Article

Phytochemical and Pharmacological Studies on the Genus Psoralea: A Mini Review

1Tianjin Key Laboratory of Modern Chinese Medicine, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China
2College of Pharmacy, Linyi University, Linyi 276000, China
3College of Pharmaceutical Engineering of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China

Received 9 September 2016; Revised 9 October 2016; Accepted 17 October 2016

Academic Editor: Wenyi Kang

Copyright © 2016 Cong-Cong Li 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.

Abstract

The genus Psoralea, which belongs to the family Fabaceae, comprises ca. 130 species distributed all over the world, and some of the plants are used as folk medicine to treat various diseases. Psoralea corylifolia is a typical example, whose seeds have been widely used in many traditional Chinese medicine formulas for the treatment of various diseases such as leucoderma and other skin diseases, cardiovascular diseases, nephritis, osteoporosis, and cancer. So, the chemical and pharmacological studies on this genus were performed in the past decades. Here, we give a mini review on this genus about its phytochemical and pharmacological studies from 1910 to 2015.