GENUS HUNTERIA- A ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVESAbstract
Hunteria is a genus of plant in family Apocynaceae. It comprises of 12 species but more prevalent are Hunteria umbellata and Hunteria zeylanica. Taditionally H. umbellata have been used in the treatment of yaws and sexually transmitted infections, stomach ache, ulcers, diabetes mellitus and dysmenorrhoea. H. zeylanica is used to cure profile but its prolonged use, particularly, at high doses should be with great caution. The phytochemical analysis of the H. stomach-ache, wounds and cuts. H. umbellata has a relatively low oral toxicity umbellata plant extract revealed the presence of saponins, steroids, tannins, volatile oils, phenols and copious amount of alkaloids. H. zeylanica leaves and stem bark prominently contains alkaloids. Scientific researchers have shown that H. umbellata and H. zeylanica were active against various diseases such as bacterial infections, pain, fever, inflammation, diabetes, in obesity, hyperlipidemia, heart problems, in child birth and malaria. Aim of the current review is to explore potential species of Genus Hunteria for ethnopharmacology, toxicological studies, safety, phytochemical investigation and pharmacological properties.
Manpreet Kaur *and Rajmeet Singh
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacognosy), G.H.G Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Gurusar Sadhar, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
28 May, 2016
15 July, 2016
02 August, 2016
01 November, 2016