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A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF MORINGA OLEIFERA LAM. WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO NIGHANTUS

Sumita Ghosh* and Avik Pal

Abstract

Medicinal plants play a pivotal role in the health care of ancient and modern cultures. A number of folk medicines are available in India since ancient times. Sigru is one of them. Nowadays Sigru is called as Miracle tree for its highly nutritional and medicinal properties. Sigru (Moringa oleifera Lam.) is a small or medium-sized tree having corky, soft, thick, deeply fissured bark. Its root, bark, leaf and seed are used for medicinal purposes. It has several established medicinal uses such as- antimicrobial activity, anti-oxidant activity, anthelminthic activity, anti-inflammatory activity, hepatoprotective activities and so on. It is used for the treatment of various diseases like dyspepsia, anorexia, diarrhoea, inflammations, fever, cough, asthma, bronchitis etc. It contains various flavonoids, protein components, minerals which give it immense medicinal value. In various Samhitas such as Charak samhita, Sushruta samhita, Astanga hriday, Astanga samgraha and nighantus like Dhanvantari Nighantu, Raj Nighantu, Madanpal Nighantu, Shaligram Nighantu, Kaiyadeva Nighantu, Bhavprakash Nighantu, various synonyms, properties, therapeutic uses of sigru and various formulation of sigru are mentioned.

Keywords: Samhitas, Nighantus, Hepatoprotective, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant.


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