Recent Trends in Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits of Indian Traditional Herbs Aegle Marmelos
K.P.Sampath kumar*, M.Umadevi, Debjit Bhowmik, Durgesh Mohan Singh, A.S. Dutta
Nature produces several food items for every season. Their use in that particular season proves to be highly beneficial for our body and the entire state of health. Bael fruit is one such blessing from nature for the mankind which is packed with enormous medicinal advantages. The Bael (Aegle marmelos) is one of the most useful medicinal plants of India. Its medicinal properties have been described in the ancient medical treatise in Sanskrit, Charaka Samhita. All parts of this tree—stem, bark, root, leaves and fruit at all stages of maturity —have medicinal virtues and have been used as medicine for a long time. The fruit's medicinal value is very high when it just begins to ripen. The fruit is aromatic, cooling and laxative. It arrests secretion or bleeding. The unripe or half-ripe fruit is good for digestion. It is useful in preventing or curing scurvy. It also strengthens the stomach and promotes its action. In recent times, focus on plant research has increased all over the world and a large body of evidence has collected to show immense potential of medicinal plants used in various traditional systems. Over the last few years, researchers have aimed at identifying and validating plant derived substances for the treatment of various diseases. Similarly it has been already proved that various parts of plants such as Leafs, fruits, seeds etc. provide health and nutrition promoting compounds in human diet. Bael fruit is popularly used in diarrhea, dysentery and GI disorders and has digestive and carminative properties. It helps in the healing of ulcerated intestinal surfaces. It possesses anti-viral, anthelmintic and anti-inflammatory properties and has appreciable activity against intestinal pathogenic organisms.
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K.P.Sampath kumar*, M.Umadevi, Debjit Bhowmik, Durgesh Mohan Singh, A.S. Dutta. Recent Trends in Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits of Indian Traditional Herbs Aegle Marmelos. Pharma Innovation 2012;1(4):57-65.