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Research Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Year : 2018, Volume : 10, Issue : 1
First page : ( 101) Last page : ( 108)
Print ISSN : 0975-2331. Online ISSN : 0975-4385.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0975-4385.2018.00016.X

An updated review on “Miracle tree”: Moringa oleifera

Vengal Rao Pachava*, Krishnamurthy Praveen Thaggikuppe, Dahapal S.P., Chinthamaneni Pavan Kumar

Department of Pharmacology, JSS College of Pharmacy (off campus, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University, Mysore) Ootacamund, Tamilnadu, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: pvengalrao.pvr@gmail.com

Online published on 24 May, 2018.


Moringa oleifera, native to India, grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world commonly known as ‘drum stick tree‘ or ‘horse radish tree‘. Moringa can with stand both severed rough tand mild frost condition sand hence widely cultivated across the world. With its high nutritive values, every part of the tree is suitable for either nutritional or commercial purposes. The leaves are rich in minerals, vitamins and other essential phytochemicals. Extracts from the leaves are used to treat malnutrition, augment breast milk in lactating mothers. It is used as potential antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antimicrobial agent. M.oleifera seed, a natural coagulant is extensively used in water treatment. The scientific effort of this research provides insights on the use of moringa as a cure for diabetes and cancer and fortification of moringa in commercial products. This review provides an updated data on the use of moringa across disciplines for its medicinal value and deals with cultivation, nutrition, commercial and prominent pharmacological properties of this “Miracle Tree”.



Moringa oleifera, miracle tree, Nutritional value, medicinal properties.


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