An ayurvedic herb: Enicostemma littorale blume- A review article
Dr. Nidhi Mishra, Dr. Kamini Kaushal, Dr. Rajesh Chandra Mishra and Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma
Ayurveda uses the inherent power of natural herbs to bring out wonderful results on the human body. The herbs are natural & 100% safe for human body. A perennial herb Enicostemma littorale blume (E. littorale) family Gentianaceae is cosmopolitan in occurrence in India. The bittery natured plant acts as a laxative, helps in curing fever, rheumatism, skin diseases, abdominal disorders, snake bite, obesity and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. E. littorale is rich source of alkaloids, catechins, saponins, sterols, triterpinoids, phenolic acids, flavonoids and xanthones. It also contains minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, silica, phosphate, chloride sulphate and carbonate. The plant constituents have been reported for possessing antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiulcer, antiinflammatory, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective and hypoglycemic properties.