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VISCUM ALBUM L- A PARASITE PLANT: A REVIEW

Keywords: Traditional , Phytochemistry , Pharmacological action and Viscum album

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In Traditional Indian medicine several plants and herbs been used to treat various disorders. The practices of herbal medicine dates back to the very earliest periods of known human history. Herbal medicines are generally safe gentle and effective in treating various chronic diseases in which modern medicines fails or not reliable. Therefore some species of viscum album has been used medicinally for various activities. The whole plant is used in medicine as a resolvent and laxative, best regarded in cancer, epilepsy, sterlity, vertigo and depression and mensurational disorders. Viscum album contains oleanolic acid, b-amyrin, mesoinositol, asparagnes, praline and fatty acids (oleic acid) and flavonoids. It has many ethnobotanical uses and is medicinally used in the traditional homeopatheic system.

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