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Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2011 Jul;14(4):295-307.

Pharmacological effects of rosa damascena.

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Department of Physiology, School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Research Centre , Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.


Rosa damascena mill L., known as Gole Mohammadi in is one of the most important species of Rosaceae family flowers. R. damascena is an ornamental plant and beside perfuming effect, several pharmacological properties including anti-HIV, antibacterial, antioxidant, antitussive, hypnotic, antidiabetic, and relaxant effect on tracheal chains have been reported for this plant. This article is a comprehensive review on pharmacological effects of R. damascena. Online literature searches were performed using Medline, medex, Scopus, and Google Scholar websites backed to 1972 to identify researches about R. damascena. Searches also were done by going through the author's files and the bibliographies of all located papers.


Damask Rose; Essential oil; Pharmacological properties; Rose water; damascena


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