Phyto-pharmacology of Achyranthes aspera: A Review

Pharmacognosy Reviews,2007,1,1,143-150.
Published:January 2007
Type:Plant Review
Authors:
Author(s) affiliations:

Bhoomika R Goyal#, Ramesh K Goyal and Anita A Mehta*

Department of Pharmacology, L. M. College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad–380 009, India

Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University of Science and Technology, Ahmedabad -382 481.Gujarat, INDIA.

Abstract:

Plants have been one of the important sources of medicines since the beginning of human civilization. There is a growing demand for plant based medicines, health products, pharmaceuticals, food supplements, cosmetics etc. Achyranthes aspera Linn. (A. aspera) is used as an emmenagogue, antiarthritic, purgative, diuretic, antimalarial, oestrogenic, antileprotic, antispasmodic, cardiotonic, antibacterial and antiviral agent. It is reported to contain alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, steroids and terpenoids. A review of chemical constituents present in various parts A. aspera and their pharmacological actions is given in the present article.