Current Updates on Centella asiatica: Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and Traditional Uses  

Dipankar Chandra Roy , Shital Kumar Barman , Md Munan Shaik
Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Islamic University, Kushtia-7003, Bangladesh
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Medicinal Plant Research, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 4   doi: 10.5376/mpr.2013.03.0004
Received: 14 Jan., 2013    Accepted: 22 Jan., 2013    Published: 28 Jan., 2013
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Dipankar C.R., et al., 2013, Current Updates on Centella asiatica: Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and Traditional Uses, Medicinal Plant Research, Vol.3, No.4, 20-36 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2013.03.0004)

Abstract

Plants have been demonstrated extraordinary source of medicine, and recently focus on medicinal plant research has increased. Centella asiatica is well known for its traditional uses and medicinal properties for the treatment of many diseases. The published literatures mention the use of this plant as whole and bioactive compounds isolated are widely used in the treatment of various human ailments. C. asiatica reported to possess various pharmacological activities: antimicrobial activity, anticancer activity, wound healing activity, neuroprotechtive activity, immunomodulatory activity, anti-inflammatory activity, hepatoprotective activity, insecticidal activity, and antioxidant activity. C. asiatica is also rich in flavonoids and terpenoids compounds among them asiatic acid, asiaticoside, madecassoside is well characterized for its pharmacological value. The present review summarized widespread information on phytochemistry, isolated and characterized bioactive compounds, pharmacological properties, in vitro propagation and traditional uses of the important medicinal plant C. asiatica.

Keywords
Centella asiatica; Medicinal plants; Triterpenes; Terpenoids phytochemistry; Pharmacology; Neuroprotechtive activity; Wound healing actitivty; Anti-inflammatory activity; Anticancer activity
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