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Biological and Pharmacological studies on Asgand (Withania somnifera Dunal) – A Review

M.A. Sheela, Pratyush Lohani and G.V.R. Joseph

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine, January - March 2014, Vol. 9 No. 1, Pages 77-101


Asgand consists of the dried roots of W. somnifiera (L.) Dunal. Various important medicinal values of this plant are described in the classical literature of Indian systems of medicine. This led the researchers to carry out pharmacological and biological evaluation to unravel its therapeutic potential as also to provide scientific basis of use of the plant. Results of some of the pharmacological/biological activities on the root, the most important part reputed for its medicinal value have been reviewed in this article

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