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Symplocos laurina: an unexplored important medicinal plant of Shola forest system

Author(s): Sofia BANU | Karishma KASHYAP

Journal: International Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
ISSN 2249-4340

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 366;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: montane | medicinal | lodhra | antilipidemic | antidiabetic.

The importance of medicinal plants in Indian traditional health system is known to be indicative in providing information on the plant sources that are important for drug research and biodiversity conservation. Symplocos laurina belonging to Symplocaceae, commonly known as Lodhra is a shrub, usually growing in shola fringes near to water bodies. The plant is known to be one of the effective medicines for eye diseases. The present article gives an account of the updated information on its physiological, pharmacological and ecological importance. The review reveals the wide number of biological activities like antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antilipidemic activities and various other medicinal properties along with the phytochemical constituents that have been isolated. The species is known to play an important part in shola ecosystem. The present review also highlights how it is involved in maintaining shola ecosystem and the need for its conservation.
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