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Published on:8, 2011
Pharmacognosy Journal, 2011; 3(24):7-10
Review Article | doi:10.5530/pj.2011.24.2

Kyllinga nemoralis (Hutch & Dalz) (Cyperaceae): Ethnobotany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology

Authors and affiliation (s):

Raju S*1, Kavimani S 2, Uma Maheshwara rao V3, Sreeramulu Reddy K4

1Assistant Professor, Vijaya College of Pharmacy, Munaganoor, Ranga Reddy Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India-505511.

2Mother Theresa Post Graduate Institute of Health Sciences, Gorimedu, Puducherry, India.

3Nalla Narsimha Reddy College of Pharmacy, Korremula, Ranga Reddy Dist, Andhra Pradesh.

4Assistant manager –Clinical R&D, Shantha Biotechnics Limited, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. India- 500004.


Many herbal remedies have so far been employed for the treatment and management of various ailments since the beginning of human civilization. Kyllinga nemoralis (Hutch & Dalz) (Cyperaceae) is a plant widely used throughout the world and frequently used for its anti-venom property. The aim of this review was to collect all available scientific literature published and combine it into this review. The present review comprises the ethanobotanical, phytochemical and pharmacological potential of Kyllinga nemoralis. The present review includes 19 references compiled from major databases as Chemical Abstracts, Science Direct, SciFinder, PubMed, Dr. Dukes Phytochemical and Ethnobotany. An exhaustive survey of literature revealed that flavonoids, saponins, phenols, terpenes, lipids and glycosides constitute major classes of phytoconstituents of this plant. Pharmacological reports revealed that it is having analgesic, antidiabetic, anticancer, antioxidant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective and antimalarial properties. Kyllinga nemoralis seems to hold great potential for in-depth investigation for various biological activities. Through this review, the authors hope to attract the attention of natural product researchers throughout the world to focus on the unexplored potential of Kyllinga nemoralis, and it may be useful in developing new formulations with more therapeutic value.

Key words: Ethnobotany, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, Antivenom, Kyllinga nemoralis


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