AN UPDATED REVIEW OF PHARMACOLOGICAL STUDIES ON FICUS BENGALENSIS LINN.Abstract
In olden days, plants have been an ever dependent source of medicine. Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy have mentioned the use of plants in the treatment of various human diseases. Ficus benghalensis Linn. (Banyan tree) Moraceae is a plant that is widely distributed in India. The English name Banyan is given by the Britishers to this tree because under the tree Banias, i.e., the Hindu merchants used to assemble for business. To the Hindus, it is sacred and worshipped with special prayers on Vata Sawitri day. This plant is reported to possess many useful pharmacological activities also viz. anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycemic, antidiabetic, anti-arthritic, antihyperlipidemic, hypocholesterolemic, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, larvicidal, anti-diarrhoeal, antimutagenic, antioxidant, cytotoxic, hepatoprotective, antiallergic and immunostimulatory. The aim of the present review is an effort to give a detailed survey of the literature on its traditional uses, pharmacological activities, and other commercial uses.
S. K. Ahirwar *, A. Singh, P. K. Singh, R. K. Bijauliya and K. Pateriya
Department of Pharmacognosy, Anjali College of Pharmacy and Science, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.
02 June 2018
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01 September 2018