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Title: Utilisation of different kinds of Plants in liver diseases
Authors: Agnihotri, Nikhil
Mohan, Narendra
Sharma, Anurag
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: India occupies a specfic place in plant diversity by its atmospheric characteristics and special geographical structure. About 47,900 species are found in India among known plant species in the world, more than 8000 of these species are used as a remedial since ancient time. Many medicinal plants are self-grown as wild form. Out of these, many plants are used in Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha, local and regional systems of medicine in addition to Allopathic and Homoeopathic systems. Many wild plants are found self-grown besides highways railway lines, water logged lands and other unsafe places of central U P, which are useful in liver diseases. In this study, more than 30 plants are identified and analysed with their local names, botanical names, habitat ,and their medicinal uses in liver diseases, The identified plants are Ocimum sanctum Linn. (Holy Basil), Tinospora cordifolia (Heart leaved moon seed), Eclipta alba (Bhrangraj), Boerhaavia diffusa Linn. (Punarnava), Andrographis peniculata (Kiryat), Chenopodium alum Linn. (Pigweed), Solanum nigrum Linn. (Black night shade), Aloe vera (Aloe), Phyllanthus neruri (Bhumi amala), Abrus precatorius Linn. (Indian liquorice), Sonchus oleraceus Linn. (Dodak), Emblica offcinalis (Emblic) Aegle marmelos Linn. (Bel), Cassia Fistula Linn. (Indian laburnum) etc. Most of the plants are easily available throughout the year and they are used for the treatment of liver diseases including hepatitis, jaundice, cirrhosis of liver, ascites, liver enlargement etc. By conserving these valuable medicinal plants we can make treatment cheaper, non-reactive, safer and easily accessible to everyone.
Page(s): 23-28
ISSN: 0771-7706
Source:BVAAP Vol.15(1) [June 2007]

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