Mesua ferrea Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
mesua

Mesua ferrea, is a species in the family Calophyllaceae. This slow-growing tree is named after the heaviness and hardness of its timber. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental due to its graceful shape, grayish-green foliage with a beautiful pink to red flush of drooping young leaves, and large, fragrant white flowers. It is native to wet, tropical parts of Sri Lanka, India, southern Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Indochina, the Philippines, Malaysia and Sumatra, where it grows in evergreen forests, especially in river valleys. In the eastern Himalayas and Western Ghats in India it grows up to altitudes of 1500 meters, while in Sri Lanka up to 1000 meters.

Mesua ferrea

Medical use

Economic importance of Mesua ferrea

Materials wod
Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Nepal
    • Indo-China: Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia

Biological activities

Anthelmintic
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
AntiHIV
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antibacterial
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Anticancer
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Anticarcinomic
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antiedemic
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antileukemic
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antimalarial
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antimelanomic
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antinociceptive
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antiplasmodial
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antitumor
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Antiviral
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Apoptotic
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Cytotoxic
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Phospholipase-A2-Inhibitor
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)
Prostaglandin-Synthesis-Inhibitor
Betulinic-acid found in Stem Bark (2120 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Betulinic-acid Stem Bark 2,120
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]