Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f) Ettingsh: A Consensus Review

Pharmacognosy Review,2008,2,4,359-368.
Published:July 2008
Type:Review articles
Authors:
Author(s) affiliations:

S.P. Pattanayak*1, P. Mitra Mazumder1, P. Sunita2
1Division of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology(BIT), Mesra, Ranchi – 835
215, India
2 Government Pharmacy Institute, Govt. of Jharkhand, Ranchi – 834 009, India

Abstract:

Herbal medicine is used by up to 80% of the population in developing countries. Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f) Ettingsh is a popular hemiparasitic plant and is used in folklore medicine for ailments including ulcers, asthma, importence, paralysis, skin diseases, menstrual troubles, pulmonary tuberculosis and wounds. Scientific evidence suggests its versatile biological functions such as it’s potentiality in immunomodulation, reducing the tumor volume, male contraception, urolithiasis and wound healing. A comprehensive account of the morphology, tissue culture, phytochemical constituents, ethnobotany and biological activities, are included in view of the recent findings of importance on the plant, Dendrophthoe falcata.