Nicosan: Phytomedicinal treatment for sickle cell disease

Swami Nathan, Prema Tripathi, Qingli Wu, Faith C. Belanger

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Nicosan (formerly called Niprisan) is a multiple herbal drug that has been approved in Nigeria for the treatment of sickle cell disease. This phytomedicinal-based drug was developed by traditional healers in Nigeria and has recently been the subject of in vitro studies and clinical trials. Nicosan is an extract mixture of four plants, Piper guineenses, Pterocarpus osun, Eugenia caryophyllum, and Sorghum bicolor, which grow wild or are cultivated in West Africa. In this chapter, we will discuss the development history of this herbal drug and its chemical properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-276
Number of pages14
JournalACS Symposium Series
StatePublished - Dec 20 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)


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