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Anc Sci Life. 2012 Apr;31(4):151-9. doi: 10.4103/0257-7941.107344.

Tinospora cordifolia: One plant, many roles.

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School of Biological Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.

Abstract

Natural products with medicinal value are gradually gaining importance in clinical research due to their well-known property of no side effects as compared to drugs. Tinospora cordifolia commonly named as "Guduchi" is known for its immense application in the treatment of various diseases in the traditional ayurvedic literature. Recently the discovery of active components from the plant and their biological function in disease control has led to active interest in the plant across the globe. Our present study in this review encompasses (i) the genetic diversity of the plant and (ii) active components isolated from the plant and their biological role in disease targeting. The future scope of the review remains in exploiting the biochemical and signaling pathways affected by the compounds isolated from Tinospora so as to enable new and effective formulation in disease eradication.

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Ayurveda; diabetes; natural product

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