International Journal of Unani and Integrative Medicine

2021, Vol. 5 Issue 2, Part CPages: 147-151

An appraisal of medicinal properties of Katira (Cochlospermum religiosum (Linn.) Alston.): A review

Shah Alam, Nighat Anjum, Jamal Akhtar and Fouzia Bashir
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Abstract:
The use of medicinal plants for the prevention and treatment of various ailments has been in practice from the time immemorial. Cochlospermum religiosum (Linn.) Alston belonging to family Cochlospermaceae has been mentioned by the name of katira in ancient Unani literature. Different parts of the plant viz., Gum, Bark, Leaves, Flowers and Seeds are used as medicine among various ethnic and rural societies. Indian gum katira is the dried gummy exudate which is popularly known as Gond e katira in traditional Unani medicine. The parts of the plant are considered as demulcent, emollient, haemostatic, bulk laxative with good nutritional value in Unani medicine. This communication is an attempt to compile and document information on different aspects of C. religiosum mentioned in classical Unani as well as modern literature. The plant has been suggested to be taken up for further scientific investigations so as to validate the medicinal claims presented herein and to utilize its maximum therapeutic potential.
How to cite this article:
Shah Alam, Nighat Anjum, Jamal Akhtar, Fouzia Bashir. An appraisal of medicinal properties of Katira (Cochlospermum religiosum (Linn.) Alston.): A review. Int J Unani Integ Med 2021;5(2):147-151.
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