PHARMACOLOGICAL POTENTIALITIES OF TRICHOSANTHES DIOICA ROXB. (CUCURBITACEAE): AN OVERVIEWAbstract
The genus Trichosanthes L. of the family Cucurbitaceae is an annual or perennial herb distributed in tropical Asia and Australia. Pointed gourd (Trichosanthes dioica Roxb.) is known by a common name of parwal and is cultivated mainly as a vegetable. The herb has been used for overcoming problems like constipation, fever, skin infection, wounds, etc. According to Ayurveda, leaves of the plant are used as antipyretic, diuretic, cardiotonic, laxative, antiulcer, etc. The present review describes the morphological and pharmacological aspects of T. dioica and summarizes the most interesting findings obtained in the preclinical research related to the plant.
S. C. Mandal *, P. P. Maiti, A. K. Das, V. Mandal and S. Panda
Phrmacognosy and Phytotherapy Research Laboratory, Division of Pharmacognosy, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University. Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
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