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Research Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Year : 2017, Volume : 9, Issue : 3
First page : ( 189) Last page : ( 194)
Print ISSN : 0975-2331. Online ISSN : 0975-4385.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0975-4385.2017.00035.8

New Perspectives on Structural and Pharmacological Studies on Asparagus adscendens: A Review

Pareek Ram Babu1,*, Vidyapati T. J.2

1Department of Education in Science and Mathematics, Regional Institute of Education, Capt. D.P. Chaudhary Marg-Ajmer-305004, India.

2Department of Education in Science and Mathematics, Regional Institute of Education, Mysore, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: pareekrbp@gmail.com

Online published on 17 October, 2017.

Abstract

Asparagus adscedens Roxb. (Asparagaceae) is a suberect prickly shrub, with white tuberous roots. It is an important medicinal plant and is commonly known as Ujli Musli, Hazamuli, Satavar, Satmuli, Safed Musli in Hindi and Safed Musli in Marathi. The plant which is used as a vegetable has white tubers which are hairy and mucilaginous and swell up with water. It has been reported to possess cooling and demulcent properties and is known to control the symptoms of AIDS. The ayurvedic practitioners have successfully used the roots of the plant for treatment of nervous disorder, inflammation and certain infectious diseases. The recent research reports indicate that the alcoholic and aqueous extracts of the roots of the plant showed some beneficial effects in some clinical conditions and in experimentally induced diseases like cancer. The present article attempts to review the phytochemical and pharmacological studies on the various parts of the A. adscendens especially on the root extracts.

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Keywords

Asparagaceae, Asparagus adscendens, Saponins, Asparanin C.

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