Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003072
Title: Medicinal uses of banana (Musa paradisiaca)
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Review Article
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    Plantain or edible banana is one of the most important commercial fruits of the tropics. It is a cheap and energy-rich delicacy relished by both rich and poor alike. Its biological name is Musa paradisiaca. It belongs to the family Musaceae. It is known since antiquity, banana occupies an important place among Indian fruits and finds diverse uses in food, medicine, religious rituals, customs, and festivals. It forms the staple food for man villagers and tribals of eastern and southern India. Banana is one the most popular and common fruits. All parts of banana plant have medical application. Banana has many beneficial effects. The fruit has mild laxative property, helps to maintain cardiovascular health, protection against strokes, protection from ulcers; it also helps to reduce water retention, also preferred for anemic patients as it is highly rich in iron. Banana possesses antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer, antidiabetic, and antiulcerogenic properties. It is also rich in vitamins, as well as minerals and it also well-known edible fruit and foodstuff. The flower of this plant is used to treat ulcers, dysentery, and bronchitis and cooked flowers are good food for diabetics. The astringent ashes of the unripe banana peel and leaves are used in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea and also for the treatment of malignant ulcers. The aim of this review is to provide comprehensive information about medicinal uses of banana (M. paradisiaca) in our day-to-day life.

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    D. Shruthi*

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    Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: D. Shruthi, Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    D. Shruthi*

    Title:Medicinal uses of banana (Musa paradisiaca)
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (January)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (104-107)
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    Methodology:Antidiabetic activity, Anticancer activity, Antiulcerogenic
    Research Materials:Banana (Musa paradisiaca)

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Antidiabetic activity Anticancer activity Antiulcerogenic Medicinal applications

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