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POTENT HERBAL HEPATOPROTECTIVE DRUGS- A REVIEW

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Author(s): Akhil Bhardwaj

Journal: Journal of Advanced Scientific Research
ISSN 0976-9595

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 15;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Hepatoprotective | Herbal | Phytoconstituents

ABSTRACT
Hepatic disease (Liver disease) is a term for a collection of conditions, diseases, and infections that affect the cells, tissues, structures, or functions of the liver. Liver has a wide range of functions, including detoxification, protein synthesis, and production of biochemical necessary for digestion and synthesis as well as breakdown of small and complex molecules, many of which are necessary for normal vital functions. There are no specific allopathic medicines uses as hepatoprotective, although different research works are going on some drug. Herbal drugs are more widely used than allopathic drugs as hepatoprotectives because of them are inexpensive, better cultural acceptability, better compatibility, with the human body and minimal side effects. In the current review, it had been tried to redefine the use of important herbal hepatoprotective drugs like Andrographis paniculata; Swertia Chirata etc. that consist of specific chemical constituents who have their specific hepatoprotective activity against hepatotoxicant like ethanol, drugs, chemicals and others. These herbal drugs have shown the ability to maintain the normal functional statues of the liver with or without fewer side effects. These are the reason that’s why herbal hepatoprotectives are mostly preferred by medical practitioners, as well as over- the-counter.
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