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REVIEW ON PHYTOCHEMISTRY AND PHARMACOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF EUPHORBIA HIRTA LINN. (FAMILYEUPHORBIACEAE)

Shraddha R. Chate*, Vishakha S. Shingote, Mohini Upadhye and Sonali Chintamani

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Medicinal herbs are the local heritage with global importance. The plant grows in open grass land roads side and pathways it also known as ASTHMA PLANT. Medicinal herbs have curative properties due to presence of various complex chemical substance of different composition, which are found as secondary plant metabolites in one or more parts of these plants. These plant metabolites according to their composition are grouped as alkaloids, glycosides, corticosteroids, essential oils etc. Euphorbia hirta, (family- Euphorbiaceae) is an herb found in many parts of the world. In Sanskrit it means ―Dugadhika‖. According to the Doctrine of Signatures, the plant has a reputation for increasing milk flow in women, because of its milky latex, and is used for other female complaints as well as diseases of the respiratory tract. The plant has been reported asincrease in urine output, antidiarrheal, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, antibacterial, analgesic, antioxidant, antiasthmatic, antitumor, antimalarial, larvicidal. The review aims at describing the botanical description, phytochemical profile of plant.

Keywords: Phytochemistry, Pharmacological aspects, Euphorbia hirta Linn.


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