Aishwarya, Vijay Chopra, Amritpal Singh, Manish Vyas, Navneet Khurana, Neha Sharma, Rohit Thakkar, Harminder Singh, Nitin Tandon, Pramod Yadav, P. K. Prajapati, Manish Gupta

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Plants and herbs are being used for the treatment of various diseases since ancient time due to their efficacy and availability. According to the World Health Organization, 80 % world population use herbs or medicinal plants in one or the other way as vegetables, spices, and medicines. These drugs can be used internally and externally to treat various disorders, which are also reported in recent studies. However, there is a need to explore their therapeutic potential by conducting pre-clinical and clinical studies. Numerous plants have been used in human life for various purposes, one such plant is Calatropis procera (C. procera). It has been used since ancient times and also reported to have multidimensional therapeutic activities in Ayurvedic, Arabic, and Unani medicine system. It consists of a variety of chemical constituents including stigmasterol, β-sitosterol, flavonoids, polyphenols, calotropin, calotropagenin, and calotoxin. Recent studies suggest its role in the management of bronchitis, baldness, hair loss, asthma, leprosy, intermittent fevers, eczema, elephantiasis, vertigo, toothache, and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. The present review explores its different pharmacological activities and therapeutic potential as well as its chemical compounds, geographical sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-167
Number of pages9
JournalPlant Cell Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
Issue number67-68
StatePublished - 26 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Anti-tumour
  • Calatropis procera
  • Pharmacological activities
  • Polyphenols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Horticulture


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