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Title: Myrtus communis Linn. - A review
Authors: Sumbul, Sabiha
Ahmad, M Aftab
Asif, M
Akhtar, Mohd
Keywords: Aas
Common Myrtle
Habb-ul-Aas
Myrtus communis
Myrtaceae
Phytochemical constituents
Traditional medicine
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC CodeInt. cl. (2011.01) - A61K 36/61
Abstract: Myrtus communis Linn. or common Myrtle (Family - Myrtaceae) is one of the important drugs being used in Unani System of Medicine since ancient Greece period. It is recognized as Aas and its berries are known by the name of Habb-ul-Aas. It is often grown for its attractive foliage, flowers and berries. Its berries, leaves as well as essential oil are frequently used for various ailments like gastric ulcer, diarrhoea, dysentery, vomiting, rheumatism, haemorrhages, deep sinuses, leucorrhoea and cosmetic purposes like hair fall control. The leaves, berries and twigs are used in flavouring of food and wines. In past times, ripe fruits were used as food integrators because of their high vitamin contents. A wide range of biologically active compounds such as tannins, flavonoids, coumarins, essential oil, fixed oil, fibres, sugars, citric acid, malic acid and antioxidants are present in the plant. This contribution provides a comprehensive review of its ethno-medical uses, chemical constituents and pharmacological profile as a medicinal plant.
Page(s): 395-402
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Source:IJNPR Vol.2(4) [December 2011]

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