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REVIEW ON ALTERNANTHERA BRASILIANA (L.) KUNTZE FOR ITS PHARMACOGNOSTIC, PHYTOCHEMICAL, PHARMACOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

Riyama Shirin V. K.*, Arthi I., Neethu Krishnan S. and Fathima Suman P.

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Alternanthera brasiliana (L.) Kuntze is a flowering plant in Amaranthaceae family that is native to South America and Central America. Alternanthera brasiliana (L.) Kuntze is a perennial herbaceous plant commonly known in Brazil as penicillin or Joy weed.it all the plant parts have been used medicinally however the leaves are of prime importance as it is used in folkloric treatment of malaria, pains, infections and diabetes. phytochemical analysis of the plant Alternanthera brasiliana revealed the presence of high content of flavonoids, carbohydrates and phenolic compounds, elements, such as P, S, K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Sr, and Pb were also detected. The plant shows many pharmacological activities like anti-inflammatory, analgesic, wound healing, antitumor, antiociceptive, antiviral, immunostimulant and antimicrobial activities The current review summarizes published information about the ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry, biological activities of Alternanthera brasiliana. The present review summarizes all the research work carried out on this plant in order to provide updated information for future works.

Keywords: Alternanthera brasiliana, Flavonoids, Antibacterial.


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