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Titre du document / Document title

Pharmacological actions and potential uses of Momordica charantia: a review

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

GROVER J. K. (1) ; YADAV S. P. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110049, INDE

Résumé / Abstract

Since ancient times, plants and herbal preparations have been used as medicine. Research carried out in last few decades has certified several such claims of use of several plants of traditional medicine. Popularity of Momordica charantia (MC) in various systems of traditional medicine for several ailments (antidiabetic, abortifacient, anthelmintic, contraceptive, dysmenorrhea, eczema, emmenagogue, antimalarial, galactagogue, gout, jaundice, abdominal pain, kidney (stone), laxative, leprosy, leucorrhea, piles, pneumonia, psoriasis, purgative, rheumatism, fever and scabies) focused the investigator's attention on this plant. Over 100 studies using modem techniques have authenticated its use in diabetes and its complications (nephropathy, cataract, insulin resistance), as antibacterial as well as antiviral agent (including HIV infection), as anthelmintic and abortifacient. Traditionally it has also been used in treating peptic ulcers, interestingly in a recent experimental studies have exhibited its potential against Helicobacter pylori. Most importantly, the studies have shown its efficacy in various cancers (lymphoid leukemia, lymphoma, choriocarcinoma, melanoma, breast cancer, skin tumor, prostatic cancer, squamous carcinoma of tongue and larynx, human bladder carcinomas and Hodgkin's disease). There are few reports available on clinical use of MC in diabetes and cancer patients that have shown promising results.

Revue / Journal Title

Journal of ethnopharmacology    ISSN  0378-8741 

Source / Source

2004, vol. 93, no1, pp. 123-132 [10 page(s) (article)] (3 p.1/2)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Elsevier, Shannon, IRLANDE  (1978) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Electrophysiology

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Spermatophyta

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Angiospermae

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Dicotyledones

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Medicinal plant

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Pharmacognosy

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Folk medicine

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Review

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Biological activity

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Cucurbitaceae

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Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Electrophysiologie

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Spermatophyta

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Angiospermae

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Dicotyledones

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Momordica charantia

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Plante médicinale

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Pharmacognosie

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Médecine traditionnelle

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Article synthèse

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Activité biologique

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Cucurbitaceae

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Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Electrofisiología

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Spermatophyta

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Angiospermae

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Dicotyledones

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Planta medicinal

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Farmacognosia

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Medicina tradicional

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Artículo síntesis

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Actividad biológica

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Cucurbitaceae

;

Mots-clés d'auteur / Author Keywords

Momordica charantia

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Traditional medicine

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Review

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Potential uses

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Pharmacology

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Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 18028, 35400011048700.0210

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