AN ANALYSIS OF PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES OF PORTULACA OLERACEAAbstract
Portulaca oleracea belonging to the family Portulacaceae has a wide occurrence throughout the World. It has numerous nutritional and medicinal benefits to humans because it is a good source of many minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, alkaloids, flavonoids, aspartic acid, coumarins, glutathione, etc. It is used in the traditional system of medicine in many countries like India, Nigeria, Palestine, China, Iran etc. for the treatment of various ailments like edema, ulcers, indigestion, repro-ductive system disorders, etc. The present review focuses on pharmacological activities of P. oleracea like anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, protective effect on the reproductive system, hepatoprotective, and antimicrobial effects. The analysis of recent researches on the above aspects will further, validate the use of P. oleracea as a medicinal plant.