Mucuna pruriens Linn. is a popular Indian medicinal plant, which has long been used, in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine for diseases including parkinsonism. This plant is pharmacologically studied for various activities like antidiabetic, aphrodisiac, antineoplastic, antiepileptic, antimicrobial activities etc., A wide range of phytochemical constituents has been isolated from this plant. A comprehensive account of the morphology, phytochemical constituents, traditional uses, pharmacological activities and analytical methods reported, are included in view of the many recent findings of importance on this plant.
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