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Article – Journal of Natural Products and Resources

Journal of Natural Products and Resources, Volume 2,Issue 1,2016 Pages 40-46

Ethnopharmacology, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology of Inula racemosa Hook. F.
V. Sharma, K. Hem, D. Sharma, V. Pratap Singh, N. Kumar Singh*

The plant Inula racemosa Hook. F. (Asteraceae), usually known as Pushkarmula, found almost in all parts of the India ascending to an altitude of 4,200 m from the sea level. I. racemosa is an important medicinal plant in Indian system of medicine (Ayurveda) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This plant is used by ethnic groups for the treatment asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary disorders, tuberculosis, skin diseases, cardiac disorders, obesity, diabetes, lung cancer etc. Major phytochemical compounds reported from the roots of I. racemosa belong to sesquiterpene lactones, which have a wide range of biological activities. Pharmacological activities reported for the plant I. racemosa are anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antifungal, antibacterial, hepatoprotective, anti-allergic, antioxidant, anti-asthmatic, adaptogenic, adrenal beta blocking, hypoglycemic and cardioprotective activity.

Keywords: Inula racemosa; Pushkarmula; Sesquiterpene Lactone; Cardioprotective;