Pharmacological Functions Of Rosmarinic Acid

The pharmacological effect of RA through inhibition of several complement-dependent inflammatory processes has been clearly proven (4). Therefore, it has tremendous potential as a therapeutic agent for control of complement-activation diseases (4,21). RA has been reported to have effects on both the classical C3-convertase and on the cobra-venom-factor-induced alternative convertase pathway (4). Other in vivo studies show that RA inhibits sev-

Table 1. Examples of Species of Lamiaceae Used as Medicine


Key metabolite



Hyptis verticillata

Rosmarinic acid

Gastrointestinal disorders

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