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Pharmacological review on Centella asiatica: A potential herbal cure-all

Author(s): Gohil Kashmira | Patel Jagruti | Gajjar Anuradha

Journal: Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
ISSN 0250-474X

Volume: 72;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 546;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Centella asiatica | description | herb-drug interactions | pharmacology of Centella asiatica | preclinical and clinical studies | side effects | therapeutic uses

In recent times, focus on plant research has increased all over the world. Centella asiatica is an important medicinal herb that is widely used in the orient and is becoming popular in the West. Triterpenoid, saponins, the primary constituents of Centella asiatica are manly believed to be responsible for its wide therapeutic actions. Apart from wound healing, the herb is recommended for the treatment of various skin conditions such as leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, diarrhoea, fever, amenorrhea, diseases of the female genitourinary tract and also for relieving anxiety and improving cognition. The present review attempts to provide comprehensive information on pharmacology, mechanisms of action, various preclinical and clinical studies, safety precautions and current research prospects of the herb. At the same time, studies to evaluate the likelihood of interactions with drugs and herbs on simultaneous use, which is imperative for optimal and safe utilization of the herb, are discussed.
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