Sreelakshmi KP, Ragunathan Muthuswamy
Mansoa alliacea (Lam.) A. H. Gentry belonging to the family Bignoniaceae, commonly called as ‘Garlic vine’ and or ‘false garlic’. Is a native plant used by the Indigenous Indian tribes of the Amazon areas and has great ancestral value for the local communities and also part of the traditional medicine due to the presence of several constituents with important pharmacological properties. In folk medicine treatments M. alliacea is widely used for many diseases like cold, as an aid to fertility, commonly added to baths to treat feverish conditions, flu, body aches, cramps, fatigue, mosquito and snake repellent, epilepsy, uterine disorders, etc. Plant consist of includes diallyl disulphide, diallyl trisulphide, alliin, allicin, propyl allyl, divinyl sulfide, diallyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide, daucosterol, beta-sitosterol, fucosterol, stigmasterol, iridoides and isothiocyanates, naphthoquinones, alkaloids, saponins, flavones. M. alliacea pharmacological activities are antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, larvicidal, anti-plasmodial, etc. This review article compiled the ethnobotanical and phytopharmacological properties of M. alliacea.
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