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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine: Volume 10, 2012   Issue 3,  Pages: 249-255

DOI: 10.3736/jcim20120302
Review Article
An updated review on the parasitic herb of Cuscuta reflexa Roxb
1. Satish Patel (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar 470003, India )
2. Vikas Sharma (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar 470003, India )
3. Nagendra S. Chauhan (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar 470003, India )
4. Vinod K. Dixit (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar 470003, India E-mail: vkdixit2011@rediffmail.com)
ABSTRACT: Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. is a golden yellow, leafless, perennial, parasitic herb of the family Convolvulaceae. C. reflexa has been investigated for antispasmodic, hemodynamic, anticonvulsant, antisteroidogenic, antihypertensive, muscle relaxant, cardiotonic, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, cholinergic, diuretic and hair growth activities. Many chemical constituents have been isolated from C. reflexa such as cuscutin, amarbelin, β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, kaempferol, dulcitol, myricetin, quercetin, coumarin and oleanolic acid. This review presents a detailed survey of the literature on pharmacognosy, phytochemistry and traditional and biological medicinal uses of C. reflexa.
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Patel S, Sharma V, Chauhan NS, Dixit VK. An updated review on the parasitic herb of Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. J Chin Integr Med / Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2012; 10(3): 249-255.
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