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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2016)

Aerva lanata: A blessing of Mother Nature


Mandal Bitasta, Dr. Swati Madan

Aerva lanata (Linn.) Juss. ex Schult. belonging to the family Amaranthaceae is a prostrate or succulent, perennial undershrub that grows on mountain slopes at a height of 900 metres from sea level. It is ordinarily called as Gorakhabooti in Hindi or Mountain knotgrass in English and is an asset bestowed by nature due to its numerous remedial qualities. It belongs to the Pashanbheda group of plants used to cure urinary stones. It possesses a wide variety of healing applications in traditional and folklore medicine in various geographical locations. It comprises of an extensive range of phytochemicals such as canthin-6-one and β-carboline alkaloids, flavonoids, phenolic acids, steroids, terpenoids and numerous other classes of phytoconstituents that contribute to its wide coverage of pharmacological activities. It bears antiurolithiatic, diuretic, hepatoprotective, anticancer, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and numerous other pharmacological activities thus making it a treasure of nature. The present review is an endeavour to provide a deep insight into the description, ethnomedicinal applications, pharmacognostic features, phytoconstituents, pharmacological and tissue culture studies explored till date.

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How to cite this article:
Mandal Bitasta, Dr. Swati Madan. Aerva lanata: A blessing of Mother Nature. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2016;5(1):92-101.