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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 321-326

Rishyagandha: A Powerful Herb to Reverse Prameha

Department of Home Science (Foods and Nutrition), IIS deemed to be a University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Swati Vyas
Department of Home Science (Foods and Nutrition), IIS deemed to be a University, SFS, GurukulMarg, Mansarovar, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joa.joa_328_20

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Objective: India is well recognized for its traditional medicine system based on the medicinal plants with long therapeutic history. Rishyagandha (Withaniacoagulans) is one such plant traditionally used for curing various aliments particularly diabetes. Diabetes is silent killer affecting quality of life, characterized by life-long medication associated with the number of side effects. Thus, traditional healing medicinal system such as Ayurveda is often recommended. Data Source: Ayurvedic texts referred include Charaka samhita, Nighantu, Chikitsa Grantha, and Astanghridaya. Different published review articles in journals, evidence-based online published articles, and various websites were explored. Review Methods: Literary reviews, including qualitative, experimental, and observational researches highlighting the therapeutic, pharmacological benefits of Rishyagandha were analyzed. Conclusion: Rishyagandha (Withaniacoagulans), also known as Indian cheese maker, is a rich source of coagulan, withacoagin, withasomidienone, and withaferin. It has shown to exert antibacterial, wound healing, cytotoxic, free radical scavenging, hypoglycemic, antitumor, and hypolipidemic effects. Hence, the present review article aims to project botanical, morphological description, traditional uses, and pharmacological studies of Rishyagandha. The pharmacological action of the plant is well established due to the presence of different phytochemicals. The extensive review advocates that the fruits may be prescribed as accompaniment in the drug treatment and dietary therapy for the management of diabetes mellitus.

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