*Bansode Ashwini S., Thorat Nisha M, Thorat Pranita S., Dr. Jadhav Suresh L. and Mr. Devhadrao Nitin V.


Cordia dichotoma is one of the traditional medicinally important deciduous plants available all over India. Bhokar is the common name used for cardia dichotomabelonging to family Boraginaceae. Cordia dichotoma is a tree of tropical and subtropical regions. It grows in the sub-Himalayan tract and outer ranges, ascending up to about 1500 m elevation. It is found in a variety of forests ranging from the dry deciduous forests of Rajasthan to the moist deciduous forests of Western Ghats and tidal forests in Myanmar. In Maharashtra, it grows in moist monsoon forest also.The plant parts like fruits, leaves, stem bark, seeds and roots of most specieshas long been used in traditional medicine as astringent, anti-inflammatory, anthelminthic, antimalarial, diuretic, febrifuge, appetite suppressant, cough suppressant and to treat urinary infections, lung diseases and leprosy.Chemical screening of both fruit and leaves shows the presence of pyrrolizidinealkaloids, coumarines, flavonoids, saponins, terpenes and sterol. Pharmacologically proved activities are anti-ulcer, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-diabetic and hepatoprotective activity. Pharmaceutical application of Cordia dichotoma includes as tablet binder, Emulsifier. It is also used in sustained controlled drug delivery system and microparticulate drug delivery system.

Keywords: Cordia dichotoma,microparticulate, hepatoprotectiv.

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