Morning glory: A new thirst in-search of de-novo therapeutic approach

Ashish Manigaunha, N Ganesh, M D Kharya


Ipomoea pes-caprae (Convolvulacea) is a valuable medicinal plant, distributed in the tropics and subtropics regions and uses in folk and tribal medicines. Usually known as dopatilata, railroad vine and goat’s-foot morning glory. The plant contains active component likes naphthalenone, (-)-mellein, eugenol, 4-vinyl-guaiacol. lipophilic glycosides, 2-methylpropanoic, (2S)-methylbutyric, n-hexanoic, n-decanoic, and n-dodecanoic acids. The juice from the succulent leaves has been used as a first aid to treat jellyfish stings and also used in ritual baths to alleviate evil spells. The extract of the leaves have the astringent, diuretic and laxative properties. Leaves are used in rheumatism, and as stomachic and tonic. It has wide range of pharmacological activities like antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antinociceptive, antihistaminic, insulogenic and hypoglycemic activities. This review focuses the published scientific evidence on its pharmacological properties, phytochemical composition, uses, along with descriptions of the plant. A number of herbal preparations are widely used in traditional system of medicine for the management of different disorders but, many of them have not been investigated for their described effects. This plant have broad spectrum activities so, further studies on other models and extensive clinical trials are needed to confirm these findings.

Keywords: Dopatilata; Bio-active compounds; Railroad vine; Clinical trails

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