PHYTOCHEMISTRY AND PHARMACOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE (ASCLEPIADACEAE): A REVIEWAbstract
Gymnema sylvestre, is a traditional medicinal plant, belonging to the family of Asclepiadaceae; commonly distributed throughout the world, predominantly in tropical regions. The plant exhibits a broad range of therapeutic effects as an effective natural remedy for diabetes, dyspepsia, helminthiasis, constipation, hemorrhoids, jaundice, cardiopathy, asthma, bronchitis, leucoderma and several inflammatory diseases. Gymnemic acid, the active compound of this plant is significantly related to obesity and diabetes to control them positively. Additionally, some of the potential pharmacological activities such as antimicrobial, antihyphal, anti-hypercholesterolemic, and hepatoprotective activities of the plant were also reported. Pre-eminently, this review aims to explore the transition of a traditional therapeutic to a modern contemporary medication with an overview of phytochemistry and pharmacological activities of the plant and its phytoconstituents.
P. R. Dash *, S. A. Sikta, Jerin Mahbub, F. Shermin and F. Islam
Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
04 December 2017
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01 April 2018