African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6578

Full Length Research Paper

Phlogacanthus - An important medicinal plant of North East India: A review

A. K. Phurailatpam
  • A. K. Phurailatpam
  • Department of Floriculture, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
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S. R. Singh
  • S. R. Singh
  • Department of Fruit Sciences, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
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T. M. Chanu
  • T. M. Chanu
  • Department of Extension Education, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
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P. Ngangbam
  • P. Ngangbam
  • Department of Post-Harvest Management, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
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  •  Received: 26 June 2013
  •  Accepted: 25 March 2014
  •  Published: 27 June 2014

Abstract

Phlogacanthus (Acanthaceae) is an important group of medicinal plant found mainly in the north eastern part of India. The present article gives an account of updated information on its phytochemical and pharmacological properties and its ethno medicinal uses on account of the tale from the local people and veds. Medicinal properties of this group of plants include antipyretic, antidiabetic, coughs, colds and anti-asthma etc. Extensive research work has been done to prove its biological activities and pharmacology of its extracts. Terpenoidal glycoside, diterpene lactones and many other chemical constituents which are similar to Adathoda zeylanica have been isolated.

 

Key words: Phlogacanthus, nongmangkha, terpenoid, phlogacantholide.