Vol. 1, Issue 2 (2016)
Saraca indica (Roxb.): Monograph
Author(s): Halima Nazar, Khan Usmanghani, Sabira Sultana
Abstract: Herbal medicines are the oldest remedies used by the human beings from the dawn of human civilization. According to WHO, majority of public approximately eighty percent countries rely on herbal medicines for the cure of disease? Medicinal plant known to exhibits a variety of therapeutic properties. Saraca indica is the traditional medicinal plant, commonly known as a “ashok briksh”, botanist identified as a Saraca asoca (Roxb.), De.wild or Saraca indica from Caesalpinaceae family. Saraca indica is a remedial plant extensively used for therapeutic purpose. It is used as analgesic, improves complexion of the body, digestive problems, used in excessive thirst, bacteriostatic, anti-inflammatory and also as anti-depressant. This review contains the phytochemical constituent, different reported pharmacological activity and ethanobotanical uses. In view of its effects cited in literature there is a need of extensive research to explore its potential use and to prove its medicinal claims of this plant.