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Natural products and their derivatives have been used as therapeutic agents from ancient times and in folklore for treatment of many diseases and illness. Many of the natural products from plants have been used as current drug candidates, either in their original or semi synthetic form and secondary metabolites of the plants also be serve as drug precursors, drug prototypes and pharmacological probes. Medicinal plants involve a multifaceted approach in current drug research as combining botanical, phytochemical, biological and molecular techniques. In drug discovery medicinal plants provides continually new and important lead constituents to against various pharmacological targets including cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, Malaria, Pain and Immune alteration and etc. Although, medicinal plants continue provide a new drug leads in drug discovery, and numerous challenges are encountered in procurement and selection of plant materials, screening method and the scale up of active compound, hence this brief review work presents a study of the importance of natural products, especially those derived from higher plants and aims to the highlight the pharmacological significant of Laminaceae family in terms of drug development. Most of the plants in laminaceae family are aromatic plants, they posseses Immunomodulatory activites. Salvia species is one of species in this family, hence aimed to studied the immunomodulatry activity of one of the salvia species.
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Author(s): K. Gayathiri, M. Sangeetha, V. K. Sharanya, G. Shyam Prakash, R. Vimalavathini, J. Gopi Sudheer Kumar, S. Kavimani