A Review on Ethno Medicinal Plants of Southern parts of West Bengal with Anti-diabetic Potential
India has vast resources of plants which possess medicinal properties. These plants and its parts have been used in the treatment of various human ailments since ancient times. Diabetes mellitus is a frequent metabolic disorder which has unfurled across the continents. Researches have been conducted all over the world on the plants which are reported to have anti diabetic properties. The present paper reviews ten (10) such plants which are found in the Southern parts of West Bengal with their active constituents, parts used and mode of action against Diabetes mellitus. The plants which are most used by the local people of South Bengal for remedies against the disease are – Aegle Marmelos, Andrographis Paniculata, Asparagus Racemosus, Azadirachta Indica, Boerhavia Diffusa, Butea Monosperma, Lagerstroemia Speciosa, Pterocarpus Marsupium, Syzygium Cumini and Tinospora Sinensis.