ANALGESIC AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY HERBS: A POTENTIAL SOURCE OF MODERN MEDICINEAbstract
In recent time, scientific investigations of medicinal plants using indigenous medical systems has attracted a lot of attention globally. Nature has bestowed our planet with an enormous wealth of medicinal plants have been known for millennia and are highly esteemed all over the world as a rich source of therapeutic agents for the prevention and cure of diseases and ailments. Inflammation is complex biological response of vascular tissue due to different harmful stimuli and pain is discomfort signals result of actual or potential injury to the body may associate with inflammation. Inflammation with pain is associated with different diseases like rheumatism, encephalitis, pneumonia, oesophagitis, cancer, heart problems, fibrosis etc. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioid analgesic are normally used in the treatment of inflammation and pain but can cause a lot of adverse effect. Therefore herbal drugs can be potential source to replace them. Every year a lot of plants form traditional medicinal system has been screened for their potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity but only few of them only included in health care system after clinical research. So this is time to give more emphasis on research work based on natural sources, investigate the active phytoconstituents, use them on specific treatment, find out adverse effect and to work towards tapping their therapeutic utility.
Saikat Sen*, Raja Chakraborty, Biplab De , T. Ganesh, H. G. Raghavendra and Subal Debnath
Creative Educational Society’s College of Pharmacy, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India
29 May, 2010
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