An Ethnobotanical Survey of Three Potent Natural Antihyperglycaemic Drugs

An Ethnobotanical Survey of Three Potent Natural Antihyperglycaemic Drugs


Shabeena P.R., Gowtham M.


Abstract

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease found in all parts of the world and is becoming a serious threat to humanity. Herbal medicines have been a highly esteemed source of medicine throughout the human history. The medicinal plants play a significant role in the health care management and different clinical problems in developing countries and developed countries as well. It has been proved that the medicinal plants are the main sources of chemical substances with potential therapeutical and pharmacological effects for treatment of many diseases. An alternative to synthetic agents, plants acts as a potential source of hypoglycemic drugs and are widely used to prevent diabetes.  Various Phyto-compounds were characterized from plants which are now employed in the treatment of many diseases like diabetes either in single or as combination formulations. The allopathic system of medicine has certain side effects. Hence, turning to safe, effective Ayurvedic herbal formulation would be a preferable option. So there is a need to investigate antidiabetic herbal drugs for the better patient acceptance. Considering these facts the present review aims to reveal the up to date literature on recent ethnomedicinal uses with phytochemical review of three different medicinal plants, i.e., Trigonella foenum-graecum Linn, Salacia reticulata Wight, Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb which are commonly used for treatment of diabetes and these herbs have been selected on the basis of traditional system and scientific justification with modern methods.


Keywords

Diabetes mellitus, Herbal drugs, Phytochemicals, Trigonella foenum-graecum Linn, Salacia reticulata Wight, Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb


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Shabeena, P. R., Gowtham, M. (2017). An Ethnobotanical Survey of Three Potent Natural Antihyperglycaemic Drugs. International Journal for Pharmaceutical Research Scholars (IJPRS), 6(2), 171 - 188.

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