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Published on:02 Aug 2010
Pharmacognosy Journal, 2010; 2(12):506-512
Review Article | doi:Nill

Review on Ruellia tuberosa (Cracker plant)

Authors and affiliation (s):

Daya L Chothani1 Patel MB2 Mishra SH3 Vaghasiya HU4

1Department of Pharmacognosy, Pioneer Degree Pharmacy College, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

2Department of Pharmacognosy, Atmiya Institute of Pharmacy, Rajkot, Gujarat, India.

3Herbal Drug Technology Lab., Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Technology and Engineering, the M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

4Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company (SPARC Ltd.) Baroda, Gujarat, India.


Ruellia tuberosa Linn. (Acanthaceae), known as cracker plant is traditionally used as diuretic, anti-pyretic, analgesic, anti-hypertensive, anthelmentic, abortifacient, emetic, in bladder disease, kidney disorder, bronchitis, gonorrhoea and syphilis. Many phytoconstituents have been identified. It has been experimentally proved which possess anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-cancer and gastroprotective activity and antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity. Present review summarizes the traditional claims, phytochemistry and pharmacology of Ruellia tuberosa reported in scientific literature.

Key words: Cracker plant, Ruellia tuberosa.


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