A review on poisonous plants of fabaceae occurring in Bangladesh and their medicinal value
Ishrath Jahan, MA Rahman and MA Hossain
The aim of this review is to provide a report on poisonous and toxic medicinal plants of Fabaceae used for different treatments. In Bangladesh, the family is represented by 254 species out of which 169 are assessed to be medicinal. Among them, 45 plants are poisonous and possess various therapeutic properties. Poisonous medicinal plants are used for various ailments such as skin complaints, rheumatism, fever, labor, cold, snakebite, paralysis, dysmenorrhoea, dysentery, impetigo, lung diseases, scabies etc. The review has revealed that wide numbers of phytochemicals have been isolated from the various medicinal plants which possess activities like anticancer, antibacterial, anodyne, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, analgesic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, anti-rheumatic, astringent, antidote, emetic, diuretic, purgative, anti-allergic and various other medicinal properties. This information is valuable for pharmaceutical companies to formulate new drugs.