Traditional uses and biological activities of Verbascum species

Tatli İ. İ., AKDEMİR Z. Ş.

Fabad Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol.31, no.2, pp.85-96, 2006 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Name: Fabad Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.85-96
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The extracts, decoctions and infusions of Verbascum, commonly known as "mullein", have been used in traditional medicines for centuries in almost all parts of the world. In this paper, the usage (as expectorant, mucolytic, demulcent, diuretic, to treat respiratory disorders, hemorrhoids, rheumatic pain, inflammatory skin conditions, wounds, fungal infections and diarrhea) and biological (antiviral, antimicrobial, antimalarial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antitumor, anticancer, cytotoxic, immunomodulatory, antiulcerogenic, antihepatotoxic, antihyperlipidemic, antitussive and antigermination) activities of Verbascum species are reviewed.