Phyto-pharmacology of Hemidesmus Indicus

Pharmacognosy Review,2008,2,3,143-150.
Published:Jan 2008
Type:Plant Review
Authors:
Author(s) affiliations:

Vandana Aneja1, Ashish Suthar2, Sonika Verma, 3 Satyan Kalkunte 4*
1Swinburne University of Technology, Swinburne University, Victoria, 3122, Australia.
2Nicholas Piramal Research Center, Nirlon Complex, Goregaon East, Mumbai, India
3Indian Council of Medical Research, V Ramalingaswamy Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 027, India
4* Department of Pediatrics, Woman and Infant’s Hospital of Rhode Island, 101 Dudley Street, Providence
RI 02905, USA.

Abstract:

Plants have been the basis of many traditional medicines throughout the world for thousands of years and continue to provide new remedies to mankind. Plants are one of the richest sources of compounds. Hemidesmus indicus is one of the plants used in Ayurveda for several remedies. It is used as a tonic, alternative, demulscent, diaphoretic, and diuretic, in the treatment of syphilis, chronic rheumatism and urinary disorders. Scientific evidence suggests its versatile biological functions that support its traditional use in the orient. This review aims to highlight the ethnobotany, pharmacognostic and pharmacological uses of Hemidesmus indicus