Medicinally Potent and Highly Salt Tolerant Plant of Arid Zone - Salvadora persica L. (Meswak): A Review
Journal of Plant Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 1-1, January 2015, Pages: 45-49
Received: Nov. 19, 2014; Accepted: Nov. 24, 2014; Published: Jan. 3, 2015
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Mathur Sujata, Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
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The Genus Salvadora is an oil yielding and medicinally potent genus belongs to the family Salvadoraceae. This genus consists of number of evergreen trees which occur in saline and non-saline habitats. Salvadora persica and Salvadora oleoides are two important species which are identified in India. Salvadora persica L.is reported to have more phyto-constituents and possesses numerous biological activities as compared to the other species. It is facultative halophytes found in dry and arid regions of India (Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat). Traditionally the wood sticks of S. persica have been used for cleaning the teeth and so named toothbrush tree which possess anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, anti-ulcer, anti-plaque, anti-caries, anti-plasmodial activity. This review reveals the overall updates regarding its phytochemicals and pharmacognostical profile of this medicinally potent plant species.
Keywords
Salvadora Persica, Meswak, Toothbrush Tree, Oral Hygiene
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Mathur Sujata, Medicinally Potent and Highly Salt Tolerant Plant of Arid Zone - Salvadora persica L. (Meswak): A Review, Journal of Plant Sciences. Special Issue: Medicinal Plants. Vol. 3, No. 1-1, 2015, pp. 45-49. doi: 10.11648/j.jps.s.2015030101.17
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