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Phytochemical and biological aspects of Rudraksha, the stony endocarp of Elaeocarpus ganitrus (Roxb.): a review

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Rudraksha, the stony endocarp of Elaeocarpus ganitrus (Roxb.) (Elaeocarpaceae), is known for its ethnopharmacological and spiritual importance in Hindu religion. It is traditionally used to cure melancholia, mental disorders, convulsions, cephalalgia, allergies, neurological diseases, asthma, diabetes, cancer, stress and many other blood circulatory disorders. The Elaeocarpus genus contains more than 50 constituents, which are responsible for the pharmacological and biological activities of this plant. Among these constituents, alkaloids, flavonoids and phenols are considered to contribute to its pharmacological importance. The present review sums the current state of knowledge concerning the ethnopharmacology, chemical composition, pharmacology and toxicology of E. ganitrus (Roxb.).

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University ; 2: University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University ; 3: Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University


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