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Abstract

A REVIEW ON PONGAMIA PINNATA OF CLASSICAL USES, CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS AND CURATIVE PROPERTIES

Nitin K. More*, Abhishek R. Shinkar, Dinesh D. Hire and Govind K. Andhale

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The ancient system of medicines like Ayurveda and Unani consists of a huge number of plant and their parts with various medicinal and pharmacological significance. The Pongamia pinnata, it is generally known as ‘’ Karanj ‘’. It has also known as Karanja (Hindi), Indian Beech (English), Sager Goti (Marathi), and Pongam (Tamil). The Pongamia pinnata has been acknowledged in several traditional medical systems for the treatment of a variety of human ailments. Flavonoids and fixed oil constitute the majority of the phytoconstituents found in them. The seed oil is used for ulcers, rheumatism, and scabies. Leaves are used against Micrococcus infections like diarrhoea, plasmodial (P. falciparum), gonorrhea, and leprosy. Bleeding piles are treated with bark. The Pongamia pinnata plant is utilized for anti-inflammatory, anti-viral purposes, anti-nonciceptive, anti-hyperglycaemic, anti-lipid oxidative, and anti-oxidant in traditional systems of medicines such as Ayurveda and Unani.

Keywords: Karanj, Pongamia pinnata, Chemical constituents, Curative properties.


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