Nature has been a source of divergent bioactive compounds for thousands of years. A large number of bioactive compounds valued in modern drugs have been isolated from natural resources. Traditional medicines are an important source of potentially useful new compounds for the development of chemotherapeutic agents. Therefore, there is a necessity to explore these medicinal plants in respect with their pharmacognostic and pharmacological studies to discover their therapeutic properties. Pleurolobus gangeticus (L.) J.St.-Hil. ex H. Ohashi & K. Ohashi (Syn. Desmodium gangeticum (L.) DC.) is a spreading annual herb found throughout India. It is of great therapeutic value in treating various ailments such as typhoid, piles, inflammation, asthma, bronchitis and dysentery. This review attempts to highlight the available literature on Pleurolobus gangeticus with respect to ethnobotany, chemical constituents and summary of various pharmacologic activities.
Chemical constituents, Medicinal plant, Pleurolobus gangeticus, Therapeutic uses.