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Medicines 2017, 4(4), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicines4040075

Ethnomedicinal, Phytochemical and Ethnopharmacological Aspects of Four Medicinal Plants of Malvaceae Used in Indian Traditional Medicines: A Review

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Department of Botany, Gargi College, Sirifort Road, New Delhi110049, India
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Department of Microbiology, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana124001, India
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Academic Editors: Gerhard Litscher and João Rocha
Received: 19 September 2017 / Revised: 12 October 2017 / Accepted: 16 October 2017 / Published: 18 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Herbal Medicines and Functional Foods)
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The ethnomedicinal values of plants form the basis of the herbal drug industry. India has contributed its knowledge of traditional system medicines (Ayurveda and Siddha) to develop herbal medicines with negligible side effects. The World Health Organization has also recognized the benefits of drugs developed from natural products. Abutilon indicum, Hibiscus sabdariffa, Sida acuta and Sida rhombifolia are ethnomedicinal plants of Malvaceae, commonly used in Indian traditional system of medicines. Traditionally these plants were used in the form of extracts/powder/paste by tribal populations of India for treating common ailments like cough and cold, fever, stomach, kidney and liver disorders, pains, inflammations, wounds, etc. The present review is an overview of phytochemistry and ethnopharmacological studies that support many of the traditional ethnomedicinal uses of these plants. Many phytoconstituents have been isolated from the four ethnomedicinal plants and some of them have shown pharmacological activities that have been demonstrated by in vivo and/or in vitro experiments. Ethnomedicinal uses, supported by scientific evidences is essential for ensuring safe and effective utilization of herbal medicines. View Full-Text
Keywords: Abutilon indicum; Hibiscus sabdariffa; Sida acuta; Sida rhombifolia; ethnopharmacological; Malvaceae; phytoconstituents Abutilon indicum; Hibiscus sabdariffa; Sida acuta; Sida rhombifolia; ethnopharmacological; Malvaceae; phytoconstituents
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Abat, J.K.; Kumar, S.; Mohanty, A. Ethnomedicinal, Phytochemical and Ethnopharmacological Aspects of Four Medicinal Plants of Malvaceae Used in Indian Traditional Medicines: A Review. Medicines 2017, 4, 75.

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