Journal: JPR:BioMedRx:An International Journal

Article Id: JPRS-PDRS-0000237
Title: Anti diabetic potential medicinal plants
Category: Plant Drugs Related Study
Section: Review Article
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    Diabetes mellitus is caused due to deficiency in production of insulin by the pancreas, or by the ineffectiveness of the insulin produced. It is a global problem and number of those affected is increasing day by day. The plants provide a potential source of hypoglycemic drugs because many plants and plant derived compounds have been used in the treatment of diabetes. Several medicinal plants have found potential use as hypoglycemic in the Indian system of medicines, including ayurveda. Many Indian plants have been investigated for their beneficial use in different types of diabetes and reports occur in numerous scientific journals. This article aims to provide a comprehensive review on various plant species from Indian biosphere and their constituents, which have been shown to display potent hypoglycemic activity. Ayurveda and other Indian literature mention the use of plants in treatment of various human ailments. India has about 45000 plant species and among them, several thousands have been claimed to possess medicinal properties. Research conducted in last few decades on plants mentioned in ancient literature or used traditionally for diabetes have shown anti-diabetic property. Indian plants which are most effective and the most commonly studied in relation to diabetes and their complications are: Allium cepa, Allium sativum, Aloe vera , Cajanus cajan , Coccinia indica , Caesalpinia bonducella ,Ficus bengalenesis , Gymnema sylvestre, Momordica charantia , Ocimum sanctum, Pterocarpus marsupium, Swertia chirayita ,Syzigium cumini, Tinospora cordifolia and Trigonella foenum graecum. Among these we have evaluated M. charantia, Eugenia jambolana, Mucuna pruriens , T. cordifolia , T. foenum graecum, O. sanctum, P. marsupium, Murraya koeingii and Brassica juncea .All plants have shown varying degree of hypoglycemic and anti-hyperglycemic activity.

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    Arabinda Nayak1, Subrata De2

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    1School of Pharmacy, RK University, Rajkot, India, Atmiya Inst. of Pharmacy, Rajkot (Parent institute)
    2R. M.D. research & Development Center, India

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    Arabinda Nayak
    School of Pharmacy, RK University, Rajkot, India, Atmiya Inst. of Pharmacy, Rajkot (Parent institute)
    Received on:17-09-2012; Revised on: 19-10-2012; Accepted on:10-12-2012

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    Arabinda Nayak1, Subrata De2

    Title: Anti diabetic potential medicinal plants
    Journal:JPR:BioMedRx:An International Journal
    Vol(issue):1 (January )
    Page No: (32-46)
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    Methodology:Diabetes mellitus
    Research Materials:Indian medicinal plants


Indian; Ayurveda; Diabetes mellitus; Plants; Herbal medicine

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