Rotula aquatica. Lour-A Review on Medicinal uses Phytochemistry and Pharmacological actions

Bency Baby T, Remya K., Smitha Rani, Shebina P. Rasheed, Azeem A. K.


Rotula aquatic Lour is an important medicinal herb in Ayurvedic system of medicine. The
plant occurs as a small branched shrub that grows characteristically among rocks and trailing
over pebbles in stream beds, belonging to the family Boraginaceae and widely distributed
throughout India. It is commonly called as Pasanabheda in Ayurveda. As only few studies are
done on this plant, the comprehensive review presenting here will summarize regarding its
Phytochemical and Pharmacological activities with the help of available and update
information. Various studies indicated the antiurolithiatic, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory,
antibacterial and anthelmintic properties of Rotula aquatica. Although the information are
very encouraging and revealed some of the constituents of the plant like polyphenols and
tannins as important therapeutically agents. The herb should be studied more extensively to
confirm these results and reveal other potential therapeutic effects. Various traditional claims
of the plant are still remain to be validated scientifically. Clinical trials for the reported
preclinical studies should be performed urgently to further validate the claims on humans


Rotula aquatica, Phramacological activities, Phytochemistry, Traditional uses

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