Phytochemistry, pharmacology and traditional uses of Leptadenia pyrotechnica- An important medicinal plant

Nishant Verma, K K Jha, Sudhir Chaudhary, Omvir Singh, Arvind Kumar


Traditional Systems of medicines always played important role in the global health. In the
traditional health medicinal plants providing a new areas of drug research. The demand for
plant based medicines, food supplement, health products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are
increasing in both developing and developed countries due to the growing recognition that the
natural products are non toxic, have less side effects and easily available. Leptadenia
pyrotechnica (Forsk.) commonly known as Kheep belonging to family Asclepiadaceae.
Leptadenia pyrotechnica leafless much branched shrub. All parts of Leptadenia pyrotechnica
are used in traditional medicines. The present article gives an account of updated information
on its phytochemistry pharmacological properties. Ethnomedical uses say to possess
significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anthelmentic, antilipoxygenase,
cytotoxic, antitumour, hypolipidemic and anti atherosclerotic activity. The present review
contains wide number of isolated chemical constituents and various ethnomedical and
traditional uses of Leptadenia pyrotechnica. It include information about historical
background, conceptual basis, different disciplines studied in the systems, research and
development aspects, drug manufacturing aspects and impact of globalization.


Leptadenia pyrotechnica,Kheep,Asclepiadaceae,Phytochemistry

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