Psoralea corylifolia Linn.-"Kushtanashini"

Pharmacognosy Review,2010,4,7,69-76.
Published:July 2010
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Khushboo P. S., Jadhav V. M., Kadam V. J., Sathe N. S.1​

1Department of Quality Assurance, Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Pharmacy, Sector 8, CBD Belapur, Navi-Mumbai - 400 614, INDIA.

2Department of Rasa- Bhaishajyakalpana, Y. M. T. Ayurvedic Medical College, Kharghar, Navi-Mumbai - 400 614, INDIA.


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 have been one of the important sources of medicines since the beginning of human civilization. The recent resurgence of plant remedies resulted from several factors, such as effectiveness of plant medicines and lesser side effects compared with modern medicines. Psoralea corylifolia, commonly known as babchi, is a popular herb, which has since long been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its magical effects to cure various skin diseases. This plant is also pharmacologically studied for its chemoprotective, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antiinflammatory properties. This review attempts to highlight the available literature on P. corylifolia with respect to its ethnobotany, pharmacognostic characteristics, traditional uses, chemical constituents, and summary of its various pharmacologic activities and clinical effects. Other aspects, such as toxicology and precautions are also discussed. This will be helpful to create interest toward babchi and may be useful in developing new formulations with more therapeutic and economical value.

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P. S. Khushboo, Jadhav, V. M. , Kadam, V. J. , and Sathe, N. S. , Psoralea corylifolia Linn.-"Kushtanashini", Pharmacognosy Review, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. 69-76, 2010.