Scientists have revealed a high antiviral effect in plants
Researchers from the TSU Laboratory of Phytochemistry of Medicinal Plants and the Laboratory for the Development and Testing of Pharmacological Agents of the Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine have revealed a high antiviral effect in four extracts of medicinal plants grown at the TSU Siberian Botanical Garden. The extracts were first tested on H1N1 flu strains that caused pandemics in 1918 (Spanish flu) and 2009 (swine flu). The research results can serve as a basis for the creation of phytopreparations with high antiviral activity.
According to their research, extracts of Rhodiola rosea, Hedysarum alpinum, Silene graefferi , and Lychnis chalcedonica showed a high ability to suppress the pathogen.
- Now, in the period of the next pandemic, it becomes clear how important it is to have effective drugs, - says Larisa Zibareva, head of the TSU Laboratory of Phytochemistry of Medicinal Plants. - Traditional medicine uses mainly preparations based on active substances obtained by synthetic means. At the same time, some biologically active substances (BAS) contained in plants also have high antiviral activity. They are very promising for creating highly effective drugs, but at the same time, with less toxicity and fewer side effects.