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Abstract

NICULA (BARRINGTONIA ACUTANGULA LINN. GAERTN.): A PHYTOPHARMACOLOGICAL REVIEW

Nirmal Kumar†, Shivani Ghildiyal, Anil Kumar Singh

ABSTRACT

Medicinal plants are widely used by the traditional medicinal
Practitioners for curing various diseases in their day to day practice. A
large number of plants are equally used by tribals and folklore tradition
in India. Nicula (Barringtonia acutangula (Linn.) Gaertn.) is a
medicinal plant which is use in several diseases. It is commonly known
as Nicula, Hijjala, Vidul etc. Hijjala is used as a folk medicine as a
remedy for diarrhoea, amoebic dysentery, worm infestation and gastrointestinal
disorders. Present researches have been evaluated
antioxidant, anti-nociceptive, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic,
anthelmintic, hepatoprotective, anti-diarrheal and wormicidal activity
in this plant. These research studies support the use of this plant for
uman and animal disease therapy and reinforce the importance of the ethno-botanical
approach as a potential source of bioactive substances.

Keywords: Hijjala, Ayurveda, Barringtonia acutangula (Linn.) Gaertn., Nicula.


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