A CRITICAL REVIEW ON JYOTISHMATI (CELASTRUS PANICULATUS WILLD)
Keywords:Celastrus paniculatus, Jyotishmati, Ayurveda
Celastrus paniculatus Willd. (Family - Celastraceae) is wild woody liane, climbing shrub commonly known as Malkangani, Kanguni, Sphutabandhani, Black-Oil tree, Intellect tree, Climbing-staff plant & Jyotishmati & “Tree of life” in Ayurveda. It is widely described in classical literatures of Ayurveda. It is worshipped as ‘Medhya’ Rasayana in Ayurveda. Celastrine and paniculatine are two major alkaloids present in seed. Oil obtained from its seed has bitter taste and useful in pain, inflammation, beri-beri. This review article deals with the ethnomedicinal uses, botanical description and many proven pharmacological actions of Jyotishmati such as Anti-depressant, Anti-Parkinson, Anti-Alzheimer’s, Neuroprotective, IQ improving, Anti-oxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Immunomodulatory, Anti-arthritic, Hypolipidemic, Anti-bacterial activity.
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