A review of the toxicosis and biological properties of the genus Eupatorium

O. P. Sharma, R. K. Dawra, N. P. Kurade, P. D. Sharma

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Eupatorium genus grows wild in many parts of the world. A number of species of Eupatorium are toxic to grazing animals. Milk sickness in humans is caused by ingestion of milk of the animals reared on the pastures infested with Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot). While some information is available on the toxins in various species of Eupatorium, ambiguities still persist in extrapolation of the data to field incidence of toxicosis. Eupatorium genus has been used for its medicinal properties for many decades. A number of bioactive natural products have been reported in the extracts of Eupatorium spp. and the genus is a promising bioresource for preparation of drugs and value-added products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalNatural Toxins
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Ageratina
  • Bioactive compounds
  • Chromolaena
  • Eupatorium
  • Hepatotoxicity
  • Milk sickness
  • Sesquiterpene lactones
  • Sesquiterpenes
  • Toxicosis
  • Trembles


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