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Family Rubiaceae
Santan
Ixora coccinea Linn.
DWARF SANTAN


Scientific names Common names
Ixora grandiflora Ker Santan-pula (Tag.) 
Ixora coccinea Linn. Tangpupo (Bis.) 
  Ixora (Engl.)
  Flame of the woods (Engl.)
  Jungle flame (Engl.)
  Jungle geranium (Engl.)
  Dwarf santan (Engl.) 
  Scarlet jungleflame (Engl.)
In Quisumbing's compilation, both species of Ixora chinensis and Ixora coccinea share the local commons names (1) santan, and (2) santan-pula.
Quisumbing's compilation lists I. chinensis and I. coccinea as separate species while some compilations list them as synonyms.

Other vernacular names
BENGALI: Rangan
CAMBODIA: Kam rontea
HINDI: Rugmini
INDONESIA: Santan
MALAY: Pechah priok
MALAYALAM: Chethi
VIETNAM: Dun trung quoc, dun do

Gen info
There are about 500 species in the genus Ixora. A few are in cultivation. There are numerous cultivars differing in flower color (yellow, pink, orange) and plant size. Several cultivars are dwarfs, under 3 feet. Other noteworthy ornamental santans: santan puti (Ixora finlaysoniana Wall), a shrub 2-4 m high, with white fragrant flowers; and Philippine santan (Ixora philippinensis Merr), a shrub or small tree, with white to pink flowers.

Botany
Santan is an erect and smooth ornamental shrub, growing to a height of 2 to 3 meters. Leaves are stalkless or on very short stalks, oblong, 5 to 9 centimeters long, heart-shaped or rounded at the base and blunt-tipped. Flowers are many, pink or red, and borne in terminal, stalkless or shortly stalked, hairy cymes. Calyx teeth are short and pointed. Corolla-tube is slender, 2.5 centimeters long; lobes are spreading and oblong, about half the length of the tube. Fruit is reddish, almost round, about 5 millimeters in diameter.

Distribution
- Cultivated for ornamental purposes.
- Nowhere established in the Philippines.
- Native of India.

- Now pantropic.

Constituents
- Root contains an aromatic acrid oil, tannin, fatty acids, and a white crystalline substance.
- Leaves yield flavonols kaemferol and quercetin, proanthocyanidins and phenolic acids and ferulic acids.
- Flowers contain cyanidin and flavonoids, and a coloring material related to quercitin.
- Flowers yielded tannins, lupeol, fatty acids, ß-sitosterols, cycloartenol esters and flavonoids.


Properties
- Considered internally sedative, stomachic, tonic, antiseptic, cholagogue; externally, astringent and antiseptic.
- Hepatoprotective, chemoprotective, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory.
- Stimulates gastric secretions.

- Flowers considered cytotoxic, hepatoprotective, antimicrobial.

Parts utilized
Leaves, roots, stems and flowers

Uses
Folkloric
- In the Philippines, root decoction used as sedative in the treatment of nausea, hiccups, and loss of appetite.
- Used for dysenteric diarrhea and associated colic pains.
- Flowers used for dysentery and leucorrhea.
- Poulticed fresh leaves and stems for sprains, eczema, boils and contusions.
- Diluted tincture of roots for mouthwash and gargles for sore throat.
- Flower decoction used for hypertension, amenorrhea and irregular menstruation, hemoptysis, catarrhal bronchitis.
- Decoction of leaves for wounds and skin ulcers.
- In Bengal, roots are used for dysentery.
- In Bombay, flowers used for dysentery.
- Flowers and bark used for blood-shot eyes.
- Root, ground into pulp, mixed with water and pepper, or as tincture, used for diarrhea and dysentery.
- Externally, powdered roots moistened with a little water on a piece of lint is applied to sores and chronic ulcers.
- In Indo-China, root decoction used to clarify the urine.
- In India and Sri Lanka, the fruits are eaten and the flowers used as flavoring.

Studies
Wound healing: Alcoholic extract of IC showed increase in granuloma tissue weight, tensile strength and glycosaminoglycan content. The prohealing activity was attributed to increased collagen deposition, alignment and maturation.
Antimicrobial: Extract studies of EC for antimicrobial activity showed the ethyl fraction to be more active than the methanol fraction.
Antioxidant: Phytochemical screening showed the flower extract to possess flavonoids, steroids, tannin. IC showed strong reducing power and total antioxidant capacity.
Pharmacologic evaluation / Electroconvulsive Protective: Evaluation showed that IC has protective property against electroconvulsions, antiinflammatory and hemostatic properties.
Hepatoprotective: Extract of IC flowers showed significant hepatoprotective effect against paracetamol overdose-induced hepatotoxicity in rats.
Chemoprotective: (1) IC flower fraction showed chemoprotective effects on cyclophosphamide-induced toxicity in mice. (2) Active fraction from Ixora coccinea flowers prevented a decrease in body weight, hemoglobin levels and WBC counts of mice treated with cisplastin with significant prolongation of life span of cisplatin-treated mice.
Antinociceptive : Study showed the aqueous leaf extract of IC possesses considerable antinociceptive activity mediated centrally via a dopaminergic mechanism. In addition, the antioxidant activity may play a role in inducing antinociception. The dopaminergic and antioxidative activities may arise from alkaloid and flavonoid constituents, respectively.
Anti-Inflammatory / Anti-mitotic: Lupeol, isolated from the leaves of IC, was shown to have anti-inflammatory activity in carrageenan induced paw edema in rats. Anti-mitotic activity was also noted in a preliminary cytotoxic study.
Cytotoxic / Antitumor: Study of the active fraction of Ixora coccinea flowers showed greater activity on ascitic tumors than solid tumors. It had no toxicity to normal lymphocytes but was toxic to lymphocytes from leukemic patients.
Anti-Inflammatory: Study of the aqueous leaf extract of Ixora coccinea showed strong antihistamine and antioxidant activity that can account for its anti-inflammatory potential. In addition, the inhibition of prostaglandins and bradykinins may play a role in its antiinflammatory effect.
Anti-Ulcer: Study of the fresh leaf extract of Ixora coccinea was found to possess potent anti-ulcerogenic property and could be a potential therapeutic agent against ulcer disease.
Antidiarrheal / Leaves: Study of aqueous extract of leaves of Ixora coccinea showed significant inhibitory activity against castor-oil induced enteropooling in rats. There was significant reduction in gastrointestinal motility by the charcoal meal test.
Bioactive Peptides / Anticancer / Platelet-Aggregation Inhibition: Study of methanol extract of Ixora coccinea yielded ixorapeptide I and ixorapeptide II, in addition to 28 other known compounds. Compound 1 exhibited selective potency against Hep3B liver cancer cell line. Compound 2 showed superoxide anion generation and elastase release. Kaempferol and luteolin from the plant showed inhibition of collagen-induced platelet aggregation.
Anthelmintic: Study evaluated the anthelmintic activity of different extracts of Ixora coccinea roots on earthworm Pheretima posthuma. Results showed good anthelmintic activity with the chloroform extract showing better activity than petroleum ether, ethyl acetate and methanol extracts. Albendazole was used as standard.
Anti-asthmatic: Study of an hydroalcoholic leaf extract in ovalalbumin-induced asthmatic rat model showed anti-asthmatic activity suppressing airway inflammation and airway hyperactivity. It also showed inhibitory effect on immediate allergic reactions probably mediated by reducing the release of mediators such as histamine from mast cells.
Cardioprotective / Doxorubicin-Induced Toxicity: Study of a methanolic extract of leaves showed dose-dependent cardioprotection against doxorubicin-induced toxicity. The cardioprotection was attributed to to antioxidant properties.
Anti-Inflammatory: Study of a methanolic leaf extract showed dose-dependent anti-inflammatory activity probably mediated via inhibition of NO production, phagocytic cell infiltration, anti-histamine effect, scavenging of free radicals, membrane stabilizing activity and lipid peroxidation.
Wound Healing / Antibacterial: Study of an root extracts showed pronounced wound healing and antibacterial activity. It is proposed the external application of the extract prevented microbes from invading the wound. An aqueous extract showed moderate inhibition against all bacterial strains tested.


Availability
Wild-crafted.
Common garden cultivation.


Last Update August 2012


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Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Effect of Ixora coccinea flowers on dead space wound healing in rats / B S Nayak et al / Fitoterapia • vol. 70, no3, pp. 233-236, 1999 / doi:10.1016/S0367-326X(99)00025-8
(2)
Antimicrobial activity of Ixora coccinea leaves
/ Fitoterapia Vol 74, Issue 3, April 2003, Pages 291-293
(3)
In vitro free radical scavenging activity of Ixora coccinea L / Moni Rani Saha et al / Bangladesh J Pharmacol 2008; 3: 90-96 / DOI: 10.3329/bjp.v3i2.838
(4)
Pharmacological evaluation of jungle flame (Ixora coccinea, Rubiaceae) / Allimuthu, M. / 16 November 2005
(5)
Hepatoprotective effects of Ixora coccinea flower extract on rats./ Latha, P. G., Suja, S. R., Acham Abraham, Rajasekharan, S., Panikkar, K. R. / CABI Abstract
(6)
Modulatory effects of ixora coccinea flower on cyclophosphamide-induced toxicity in mice / Phytother Res. 1999 Sep;13(6):517-20.
(7)
Antinociceptive action of aqueous extract of the leaves of Ixora coccinea / W D Ratnasooriya et al / Acta Biologica Hungarica / Volume 56, Numbers 1-2 / February 2005 / DOI 10.1556/ABiol.56.2005.1-2.3
(8)
Anti-inflammatory and anti-mitotic activities of lupeol isolated from the leaves of ixora coccinea linn. / Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences / 1994 | Volume : 56 | Issue : 4 | Page : 129-132
(9)
Cytotoxic and antitumour principles from Ixora coccinea flowers / P Latha / Cancer Letters, Volume 130, Issue 1, Pages 197-202
(10)
Anti-inflammatory Activity of the Aqueous Leaf Extract of Ixora coccinea / W.D. Ratnasooriya et al / Summary Pharmaceutical Biology • 2005, Vol. 43, No. 2, Pages 147-152
(11)
Phytochemical and anti-ulcer investigations of the fresh leaf extract of Ixora coccinea Linn (Rubiaceae) in albino rat model / G Arunachalam et al / Center of Advanced Research in Indian System of Medicine, Tamilnadu, India

(12)
Evaluation Of The Antidiarrhoeal Activity Of The Leaves Of Ixora Coccinea Linn. In Rats / Yasmeen M, Prabhu B and Agashikar N V / Experimental Research, Vol 4, No 5, pp 3298-3303, Oct 2010
(13)
Ixorapeptide I and ixorapeptide II, bioactive peptides isolated from Ixora coccinea / Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters, ISSN: 1464-3405, Pages: 7354-7
(14)
Chemoprotective effect of Ixora coccinea L. flowers on cisplatin induced toxicity in mice / P Latha, K R Panikar / Phytotherapy Research, Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 364–366, June 2001
(15)
Evaluation of anthelmintic activity of Ixora coccinea / A. R. Surana, A.N. Aher, S.C Pal. and U.V. Deore / Int. J. of Pharm. & Life Sci. (IJPLS), Vol. 2, Issue 6: June: 2011, 813-814
(16)
Antidiarrheal activity of flowers of Ixora Coccinea Linn. in rats. / Maniyar Y, Bhixavatimath P, Agashikar NV. / J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2010 Oct;1(4):287-91.
(17)
Evaluation of Anti-asthmatic Activities of Ixora coccinea Linn (Rubiaceae) / A. Missebukpo, K. Metowogo, A. Agbonon, K. Eklu-Gadegbeku, K. Aklikokou and M. Gbeassor / Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 6: 559-570. / DOI: 10.3923/jpt.2011.559.570
(18)
Pharmacognostical standardization of leaves of Ixora coccinea, linn. / R. Vadivu, N.Jayshree, C.Kasthuri, K.Rubhini and G.Rukmankathan / Vadivi R et al /J. Pharm. Sci. & Res. Vol.1(4), 2009, 151-157.
(19)
Cardioprotective effect of methanolic extract of Ixora coccinea Linn. leaves on doxorubicin-induced cardiac toxicity in rats / Firoz N. Momin, Bharatesh R. Kalai, Tabassum S. Shikalgar, and Nilofar S. Naikwade / Indian J Pharmacol. 2012 Mar-Apr; 44(2): 178–183.
(20)
Anti-inflammatory activity of ixora coccinea methanolic leaf extract / SM Handunnetti, RR Kumara, SA Deraniyagala, WD Ratnasooriya / Pharmacognosy Research, 2009, Vol 1, No 2, pp : 80-90
(21)
Evaluation of wound healing and antimicrobial potentials of Ixora coccinea root extract. / Selvaraj N, Lakshmanan B, Mazumder PM, Karuppasamy M, Jena SS, Pattnaik AK. / Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2011 Dec;4(12):959-63.


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