Lagerstroemia Species: A Current Review

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the past work done on Lagerstroemia reginae (Lytharceae). This review summarizes the previous and current literature regarding the Lagerstroemia reginae commoly known as banaba which is used for its different biological and chemical potentiality. The plant is a medium-sized to large much branched deciduous tree with elliptic or oblong-lanceolate leaves are acuminate. Flowers are generally large and posses showy to mauve to purple in colour. The parts of the plant posses many activities as A medium-sized to large much branched deciduous tree. Leaves elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, 10-20 cm long, acuminate. Flowers are large, showy to mauve to purple in colour. The parts of the plant posses many activities as leaves posess hypoglycaemic activities, fruits are used as a local application for aphthae of the mouth, seeds are used as narcotic, bark and leaves are used as purgative while roots are considered as astringent, stimulant and febrifuge. The plant posses many pharmaceutical active constituents like leaves and fruits contain ellagitannins, extrcat of leaves contain alanine, isoleucine α-aminobutyric acid and menthionine, They also contain lageracetal, amyl alcohol, ellagic acid, β-sitosterol, a tannin compound aslagertannin; 3,3 ́, 4-tri-Omethylellagic acid and 3-O-methyllellagic acid. It posses antidiabetic activity which is due to corosolic acid and ellagitannins. It is also responsible for exhibiting various major activities like antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antihyperlipidemic, metabolic syndrome activities. Thus this review will emphasis on the other biological activities focusing on its traditional uses which will heal the aliments and cure mankind for a better and healthy living

Lagerstroemia Species: A Current Review
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