Streblus asper Lour. (Shakhotaka): A Review of its Chemical, Pharmacological and Ethnomedicinal Properties
Subha Rastogi,1 Dinesh K. Kulshreshtha,2 and Ajay Kumar Singh Rawat1
1Pharmacognosy and Ethnopharmacology Division, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow 226001, India
2Medicinal Chemistry Division, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow 226001, India
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Received December 20, 2005; Accepted March 16, 2006.
Streblus asper Lour is a small tree found in tropical countries, such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Various parts of this plant are used in Ayurveda and other folk medicines for the treatment of different ailments such as filariasis, leprosy, toothache, diarrhea, dysentery and cancer. Research carried out using different in vitro and in vivo techniques of biological evaluation support most of these claims. This review presents the botany, chemistry, traditional uses and pharmacology of this medicinal plant.
Keywords: antifilarial, cardiac glycosides, Moraceae, Shakhotaka, Streblus asper
Source: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2006 June; 3(2): 217–222. The online version of this article has been published under an open access model.