PHYTOCONSTITUENTS, PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES OF MARSILEA MINUTA L. (MARSILEACEAE) – AN OVERVIEWAbstract
Herbal drugs play an important role in the treatment of much illness. The plant has tremendous biological effects and applied in the different system of traditional medication for the treatment of various diseases. Marsilea minuta is one of the most popular foreground plants for aquariums that grows about two to three inches tall in shallow water and has attractive little markings on the tiny, variegated, green leaves. It is an aquatic or sub-aquatic fern used as a vegetable, has wide applications in traditional/folk medicine in India and Bangladesh. It is a member of the fern family. Synonyms of Marsilea minuta are Marsilea crenulata Desv, Marsilea diffusa A. Braun and Marsilea rotundata Wild. Marsilea minuta possesses many pharmacological activities such as antipyretic and analgesic, antidiabetic, antitussive, expectorant, antiamnesic, anti-aggressive, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, antifertility, anti-tumor, antioxidant activity. This study was aimed to present an overview of traditional use, phytochemical and pharmacological investigations present in this plant.
R. J. Sajini *, S. Prema and K. Chitra
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University), Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
26 July 2018
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01 April 2019