Phytopharmacology of Ficus religiosa

Pharmacognosy Reviews,2010,4,8,195-199.
Published:October 2010
Type:Short Review
Authors:
Author(s) affiliations:

S. B. Chandrasekar, M. Bhanumathy, A. T. Pawar1, T. Somasundaram

1Research Data Management, Natural Remedies Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, India

2Department of Pharmacology, Acharya BM Reddy College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, India

Abstract:

Herbs have always been the principal form of medicine in India. Medicinal plants have curative properties due to the presence of various complex chemical substances of different composition, which are found as secondary plant metabolites in one or more parts of these plants. Ficus religiosa (L.), commonly known as pepal belonging to the family Moraceae, is used traditionally as antiulcer, antibacterial, antidiabetic, in the treatment of gonorrhea and skin diseases. F. religiosa is a Bo tree, which sheltered the Buddha as he divined the "Truths." The present review aims to update information on its phytochemistry and pharmacological activities.