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Ethnobotanical, Phytochemical, and Pharmacological Aspects of Hemidesmus indicus: A Herbal Bliss for Mankind

Ethnobotanical, Phytochemical, and Pharmacological Aspects of Hemidesmus indicus: A Herbal Bliss for Mankind
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Author(s): Minakshi Rajput (Gurukula Kangri University, India), Navneet (Gurukula Kangri University, India) and Akash (Gurukula Kangri University, India)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 29
Source title: Research Anthology on Recent Advancements in Ethnopharmacology and Nutraceuticals
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-3546-5.ch025

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Abstract

Hemidesmus indicus (L.) R. Br. is commonly known as Indian Sarsaparilla or Anantmula. Traditionally, it has been utilised as a vital herb for the treatment of several disorders. Indian Sarsaparilla is rich in a wide range of phytoconstituents such as pregnane glycosides, steroids, terpenoids, aromatic aldehydes, lignans, saponins, flavonoids and aliphatic acids which may further contribute to its pharmacological properties. This chapter gathers and compiles the traditional ethnobotanical and ayurvedic aspects of H. indicus and recently updated knowledge regarding the pharmacology, phytochemistry, adulteration, and current trends of this medicinally important herb in the field of modern phytomedicine. It also presents the ayurvedic pharmacology of this herb and summarizes the biomedical researches in as much as it helps glean a better understanding of H. indicus safety and effectiveness in humans, and describes the various natural products and polyherbal medicines containing H. indicus.

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