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DIOSPYROS CORDIFOLIA ROXB.- AN UNDER EXPLOITED POTENT ETHNOMEDICINAL FEED- A REVIEW

T. P. Mall*

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Man is essentially a product of nature, and he can best maintain health by living in harmony with nature. Disease results when this harmony and balance is upset. While modern medicine places more importance on treatment. Herbalists respect the body and try to help it heal itself. Herbalists believe that the body holds inherent self-correcting tendencies to heal. Herbs are perceived as acting in synergy with the body to effect improvement and sometimes even cure. Due to the above facts we have taken this plant for it utility as a home remedy. The review of available literature reveals that Diospyros cordifolia Roxb. locally known as Tendu belongs to Ebenaceae is of great use for human beings. It has commercial value being used in Bidi industry as a raw material. Leaves are being used in stupefying fishes. It is being used in several ailments either as a cure or for the well being viz used for lever disorder, whooping cough. leprosy, skin eruption, dysentry, eye infection, abdomenal pain, wounds, ulcers, gonorrhea, fever, as emetic and anti helmintic. Alcoholic extract are anti inflammatory, anti pyretic and analgesic. It is depressant, spasmolytic producing brady cardia and hypotension. Aquous extract is being used in critical jaundicised condition. The fruits are consumed because of its juicy and sweet nature of local inhabitants.

Keywords: Diospyros cordifolia, Ethnomedicinal, Hepatoprotective, Bidi industry.


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