Journal of
Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

  • Abbreviation: J. Pharmacognosy Phytother.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2502
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 226


Pharmacology and phytochemistry of Coccinia indica

U. A. Deokate* and S. S. Khadabadi
Government College of Pharmacy, Kathora Naka, Amravati-444604, (M. S.), India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 September 2011
  •  Published: 31 December 2011


Coccinia indica (Bimba, kanduri, Cucurbitaceae) is famous for its hypoglycemic and antidiabetic properties in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Other applications include the therapy of various conditions such as skin diseases and gonorrhoea. The present review highlights the phytochemistry and pharmacology of Coccinia indica. There are many patented formulations derived from C. indica which are now distributed increasingly all over the world. This has given rise to a concomitant increase in research on the phytochemical constituents and biological activity of C. indica.


Key words: Coccinia indica, hypoglycemic, antidiabetic, saponins, terpenoids, sterol.