HEPATOPROTECTIVE MEDICINAL HERBS AND ANIMAL MODELS FOR THEIR SCREENING – A REVIEWAbstract
The liver is a vital solid organ in the upper abdomen that helps in digestion, detoxification and has other synthetic, metabolic and storage functions. Liver diseases are a major problem worldwide; viral hepatitis, alcohol, malnutrition, autoimmune and drugs being most important causes. Currently there is no way to compensate for the absence of liver function in the long term and liver transplant is the only option for those with irreversible loss of hepatic function. The scientific basis for the statement that plants and their active constituents play an important role in the prevention of diseases is continuously advancing. In this review some of the plants with their phyto-constituents studied for protective effect in liver diseases are reviewed.