THERAPEUTIC POTENTIALS OF OXALIS CORNICULATA LINN. AS A MEDICINAL PLANT: A REVIEWAbstract
Oxalis corniculata Linn. is a medicinally important plant belonging to the family Oxalidaceae native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world. This paper briefly shows the botany, pharmacology, and therapeutic use of the herb. The review discloses that a varied array of phytochemical constituents have been extracted from the plant like glycosides, flavanoids, tannins, phytosterols, phenol, galactoglycero-lipid, volatile oil and fatty acids such as palmitic acid, oleic, linoleic, linolenic and stearic acids. The leaves contain flavonoids, isovitexine, and vitexine-2”- O- beta – D- glucopyrunoside. It holds essential activities like anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-epileptic, anti-fungal, anti-ulcer, anti-nociceptive, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, hepatoprotective, anti-diarrhoeal, hypolipidemic, antioxidant, hypoli-pedemic, steroidogenic, cardioprotective, nephrotoxicity, diuretic, anti-microbial and wound healing has also been reported. These reports indicate that Oxalis corniculata has various therapeutic benefits and highlights the necessity for research and development on this plant.
A. K. Anika, F. Shorna, S. S. K. Upoma, T. Singh and P. R. Dash *
Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
12 November 2019
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