Articles

An anti-inflammatory principle from cactus

Author

Park EH, Kahng JH, Lee SH, Shin KH

Date

3/2001

Journal

Fitoterapia

Abstract

In previous studies, the ethanol extract of cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) showed potent anti-inflammatory action. In the present study, following fractionation of the methanol extract of cactus stems guided by adjuvant-induced chronic inflammation model in mice, an active anti-inflammatory principle has been isolated and identified as beta-sitosterol.