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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 359-363

Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb. - A comprehensive review


1 Department of Pharmacy, Vaish Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Rohtak. Haryana, India
2 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, M.D. University, Rohtak, Haryana, India
3 Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

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Manish Devgun
Department of Pharmacy, Vaish Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Rohtak. Haryana
India
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The Pterocarpus marsupium belong to family Fabaceae and is widely distributed in central, western and southern regions of India. The role of Pterocarpus marsupium as anti-diabetic has been very well established. Its extract has been prepared using many methods like infusion, maceration, decoction and percolation. Several chemical constituents like pterostilbene, (-)-epicatechin, pterosupin, marsupsin, etc., have been identified and isolated. Pterocarpus marsupium extract also shows promising results in cataract and hypertriglyceridaemia. This plant also finds its use as cardiotonic and hepatoprotective agent. Studies have also been reported to demonstrate its ability as a specific COX- 2 inhibitor. The present review explores its description, traditional uses, extraction methods, chemical constituents, pharmacological activity and commercial importance so that its potential as a multipurpose medicinal agent can be understood and appreciated.


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