A review on Murraya koenigii: Multipotential medicinal plant

Harish K. Handral, Anup Pandith, S. D. Shruthi

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Abstract

Medicinal plants are used in herbalism and thought to have some medicinal properties. They form the easily available source for healthcare purposes in rural and tribal areas. Ethanobotany is a distinct branch of natural science dealing with various aspects such as anthropology, archaeology, botany, ecology, economics and medicine, religious, cultural and several other disciplines. Recently, great interest in the above given studies of herbal drugs and traditional remedies is indicated worldwide and there has been an upsurge in the scientific investigations in this area. The Murraya koenigii plant is widely used as herb, spice, condiments and also used to treat various types of ailments in Indian traditional system. World's about 80% population relies upon herbal products, because they have been considered as safe, effective and economical. The present study was aimed to review the ethanobotanical properties, pharmacognostic, phytochemical and pharmacological properties of Murraya koenigii plant. The various parts of this plant are widely used by different tribal communities. The leaves of plant are use as tonic, stomachic, carminative, internally in dysentery, vomiting. Used as antihelminthic, analgesic, cures piles, allays heat of the body, thirst, inflammation and itching. Following various claims for cure of numerous diseases, efforts have been made by researchers to verify the efficacy of the plant through scientific biological screening. A scrutiny of literature reveals some notable pharmacological activities of the plant such as activity on heart, anti diabetic and cholesterol reducing property, antimicrobial activity, antiulcer activity, antioxidative property, cytotoxic activity, anti diarrhea activity, phagocytic activity and many more medicinal values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
Volume5
Issue numberSUPPL.4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Curry leaf
  • Ethanobotany
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Pharmacology
  • Phytochemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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