Pharmacological and therapeutic application of Asparagus racemosus Willd

MAGDALENA TUSZYƃSKA

Abstract

Widespread acceptance of alternative medicine is the main reason for an increased demand for medicinal plants from South Asia, including India. Researchers are continuously searching for new anticancer drugs originating from plants. In particular, the attention is being paid to research on the properties of cytotoxic saponins. The results of experiments confirm the necessity of research on these compounds which occur in large quantities in wild asparagus - Asparagus racemosus. This species is known for its phytoestrogenic properties and used as a hormone modulator. In traditional Indian systems of medicine, the roots of A. racemosus are used in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, dyspepsia, inflammation, nephropathy, throat infections, tumours, hyperacidity, diarrhea, bronchitis and cough. A. racemosus is also used in the production of formulations of adaptogen characteristics. There are many reasons for undertaking detailed research on the activity of compounds isolated from this plant. Key words: Asparagus racemosus, steroidal saponins, application, herbal medicine
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