Vol. 6, Issue 5 (2017)
Therapeutics, phytochemistry and pharmacology of Alsi (Linum usitatissimum Linn): An important Unani drug
Author(s): Khan Heena Umer, Fahmeeda Zeenat, Wasim Ahmad, Intezar Ahmad and Abdul Vakil Khan
Abstract: Linum usitatissimum Linn is one of the most important medicinal plants traditionally used for various health as well as nutritional purposes. It is an annual herbaceous plant growing up to 60-120 cm of height. Its flowers are small and are blue, bluish violet or white in terminal panicles. The fruits are capsular with five cells, each containing 2 seeds. It is cultivated mainly for the purpose of oil and fibre and usually with wheat plant. It grows in almost all types of soil where sufficient moisture is available. Flaxseed has been classified as functional food because it provides numerous health benefits in addition to serving as a source of nutrients. The plant has shown diverse biological and pharmacological activities. It has been used in Unani Medicine (Tibb-e-Unani) from time immemorial. Keeping in view the high medicinal importance of the drug in Unani Medicine, this review provides available information on traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacological properties of Unani drug Alsi.
How to cite this article:
Khan Heena Umer, Fahmeeda Zeenat, Wasim Ahmad, Intezar Ahmad, Abdul Vakil Khan. Therapeutics, phytochemistry and pharmacology of Alsi (Linum usitatissimum Linn): An important Unani drug. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2017;6(5):377-383.