A Comprehensive Review of Rubia Cordifolia Linn

Pharmacognosy Review,2008,2,3,124-134.
Published:Jan 2008
Type:Review articles
Authors:
Author(s) affiliations:

Nilambari Deshkar*, Shrikant Tilloo, Vipinchandra Pande
Gurunanak College of Pharmacy, Khasra No.81/1, Mauza Nari, Behind C.P. Foundry, Near Dixit Nagar, Kamptee
Road, Nagpur 440026, Maharashtra INDIA.

Abstract:

Rubia cordifolia Linn. (manjishtha) is popularly known as ‘Indian Madder’. Roots are traditionally used as anti-inflammatory, astringent, tonic, antiseptic, deobstruent, antidysenteric, blood purifier. It is an important ingredient of many ayurvedic preparations. The roots are natural red dye and are very effective in purifying blood. Various chemical constituents like anthraquinones, iridoid glycoside, naphthoic acid esters, bicyclic hexapeptides, and triterpenes have been isolated and identified from Rubia cordifolia Linn. The present review article is focused on phytochemical, pharmacological and other important aspects of manjishtha.