Novel Drug Targets with Traditional Herbal Medicines for Overcoming Endometriosis

Ilhan M., Dereli F. T. G. , Akkol E. K.

CURRENT DRUG DELIVERY, vol.16, no.5, pp.386-399, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.2174/1567201816666181227112421
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.386-399
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Endometriosis is a disease in which the lining of the endometrium is found outside of the uterus. Recent medical treatments for endometriosis have adverse effects, limiting their long-term use. Furthermore, the recurrence of the disease after the cessation of therapy is quite common, and most patients need to continue treatment to maintain a hypoestrogenic environment till conception. Notwithstanding recent advances in computational and chemical practices, traditional medicines are considered the most consistent sources for the discovery of new drugs. Numerous medicinal plants and plant-derived compounds have been tested against gynecological disorders, mainly endometriosis. This review aimed to describe the pharmacological activity profile of the medicinal plants and their active ingredients and draw attention to the discovery of multitargeted drug molecules for rational therapy.