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TWO ANTIOXIDANT PLANTS BEING USED IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE OF SIKKIM (INDIA)

Tanaya Ghosh and Prasanta Kumar Mitra*

ABSTRACT

Many antioxidant plants like Aageratum conyzoides, Aastilbe rivularis buch. – Ham. Ex D. Don., Abutilon indicum, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, Asparagus racemosus, Bacopa monnieri, Bergenia ciliate, Costus speciocus, Mentha spicata, Murrya koenigii, Syzygium cumini etc. are being used in traditional medicine of Sikkim. But Bacopa monnieri and Bergenia ciliate are found widely used. People of Sikkim specially villagers believe that these two plants help them to fight against diseases, thereby keep them well. Further, they use these plants due to easy access, less cost, least side effects and above all natural. In the present article antioxidant activity of Bacopa monnieri and Bergenia ciliate is discussed in detail in addition to their botanical description, vernacular names, classification, traditional use, content of bioactive compounds as well as other pharmacological properties.

Keywords: Traditional medicine of Sikkim, use of antioxidant plants, Bacopa monnieri, Bergenia ciliate.


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