Abstract

CENTELLA ASIATICAL.: A CONCISE DRUG REVIEW WITH PROBABLE CLINICAL USES

Author(s): MD. AMINUL ISLAM APU

Centella asiaticaL.  is  widely  used  as  a medicinal herbs  and alternative  medicine  in  treating numerous  kinds  of  diseases  since  prehistoric  times.  It  is  a  perennial,  creeper, faintly aromatic and a valuable medicinal herb of both Old World and the New World. The use of Centella in food and beverages has increasedover the years basically due to its  beneficial  functional  properties.  Its  potential  antioxidant,  antimicrobial,  cytotoxic,  neuroprotective  and  other  activities  have  been  widely  claimed  in  many  reports.  The requirement of Centella asiaticais now met from natural population, leading to their gradual depletion and thus followed by its placement in the list of threatened species as mentioned by IUCN. It is distributed throughout tropical and subtropical regions of World such as Bangladesh, India, China, Nepal, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Indonesia etc. The present review is an up-to-date and comprehensive literature analysis of the chemistry and various heath beneficial functional properties of the Centella plant

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