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MEDICAL PROPERTIES OF IVY GOURD (CEPHALANDRA INDICA) : A REVIEW

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Author(s): Goldy Yadav

Journal: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Development
ISSN 0974-9446

Volume: 2;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 14;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Kundru | Mother tincture | Phytochemistry | glucose-6-phosphatase.

ABSTRACT
Ivy Gourd (Coccinia indica) is extensively used as vegetable and grown wildly throughout Indian sub-continent. It is commonly known as ‘Kundru’ in India. Ivy plant has been used in traditional medicine as a household remedy for various diseases, including biliary disorders, anorexia, cough, diabetic wounds, hepatic disorders. For the last few decades, some extensive work has been done to establish the biological activities and pharmacological actions of Ivy Gourd and its extracts. Polyprenol (C60-polyprenol (1) ) is the main yellow bioactive component of Ivy Gourd has been shown to have a antidyslipidemic of biological actions . Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimutagenic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antiulcer, hepatoprotective, expactorants, analgesis, antiinflamatory are the reported pharmacological activities of Ivy Gourd. This review gives a bird’s eye view mainly on the biological activities of some of the compounds isolated, pharmacological actions of the Ivy Gourd extracts, clinical studies and plausible medicinal applications of Ivy Gourd along with their safety evaluation.
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