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Published on:17th May 2010
Pharmacognosy Journal, 2010; 2(9):304–310
Review Article | doi:Nill

Oroxylum indicum: A Review

Authors and affiliation (s):

Lawania Rahul Dev, Mishra Anurag, Gupta Rajiv*

Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy Babu Banarasi Das National Institute of Technology & Management Dr. Akhilesh Das Nagar, Lucknow 227 105 (U.P.) India


Oroxylum indicum (Bignoniaceae), also known as Sonapatha or Shyonaka is commonly used herbal medicine in Ayurvedic system. Roots, leaves and stems of Oroxylum indicum have been used as a single drug or as a component of certain compound drug preparations in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine for treatment of various disorders as well as used as a tonic and Rasayana drug. It contains flavonoids like chrysine, baicalein and Oroxylin-A. Various studies indicated that sonapatha possesses anticancer, antioxidant, hepatoprotective and immunomodulaory properties mainly. Various other effects like antibacterial, analgesic and gastro-protective properties of sonapatha have also been reported. It is a tree that is found generally in damp region. In the present review an attempt has been made to compile and critically analyse various published reports on Oroxylum indicum.

Key words: Oroxylum indicum, Ayurveda, anticancer


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