A Review on Saptrangi (Salacia oblonga Wall): A Medicinal Herb
Anjali K. Takke1*, Rupali B. Bhoje2, Savita V. Pol2
Salacia oblonga Wall, a native shrub also known as Saptrangi and Ponkoranti, belongs to the family Celastraceae, is distributed across the world. A large number of chemical constituents such as salacinol, kotalanol, neokotalanol, neosalacinol, and mangiferin are isolated from S. oblonga which show various pharmacological activities. Salacia oblonga Wall is being used in several herbal preparations for treating diabetes and obesity. It possess anti-inflammatory, antihyperlipidemic, antiperoxidative, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, nephroprotective and antimutagenic activities. This review focuses on the potential of Salacia oblonga wall in various human diseases and can be used as a promising herbal drug, for the benefit of mankind.
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