Advances in Pharmaceutical and Ethnomedicines

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Adv. pharm. ethnomed. 2 (2): 32 - 35
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Neha Mishra, Arvind Pareek
School of Science and Technology, Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota, Rajasthan, India
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Mimusops hexandra (Roxb.) is an evergreen tree species with a long history of traditional medicinal uses in south Asia especially in western and central India, belongs to family Sapotaceae. The plant has been known for its curative properties and has been utilized for treatment of various diseases such as ulcer, bronchitis, jaundice, ulitis, fever, hyper dyspepsia, arthritis and alimentary disorders. A survey of the literature shows extracts and metabolites from this plant possess pharmacological properties such as anti–inflammatory, antiulcer, aphrodisiac, alexipharmic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, and free radical scavenging activity. Beside medicinal uses, plant has high economic value due to its edible and nutritive fruit, useful wood, latex and bark and provides substantial livelihood support to local inhabitants. A wide range of chemical compounds including sterols, starch, terpenoids, anthraquinone glycoside, cardiac glycoside, saponinand tannins etc. have been isolated from this species. The presented review summarizes the information concerning the traditional uses, phytochemistry and biological activity of Mimusops hexandra.

Key Words: Mimusops hexandra, Sapotaceae, Medicinal properties, Phytochemical constituents, Pharmacological actions