Therapeutic Potential of Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus L.)

Zeliha Selamoglu, Senay Ozgen


Herbal plants are using for folk medicine since immemorial times. Hippocrates who is the father of medicine, refer to 400 medicinal plants and advised ‘‘let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food’’. Most of plants are using today for medicine. It is still acceptable today that prevention is more important than treatment. Saffron was utilized in folk remedy against scarlet fever, smallpox, colds, asthma, eye and heart diseases, tumours, and cancer.


Biological activity; folk medicine; medicinal plants; crocetin

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ISSN: 2148-127X

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