Vol. 13 No. 3
A review on potential underutilized medicinal fruit plant Bhela (Semecarpus anacardium L.)
Author(s): A. Ghosh, K. Dey, B. C. Das, F. K. Bauri, S. K. Ghosh
Abstract: Bhela or bhallatak (Semecarpus anacardium Linn.) has been used for medicinal and non-medicinal purposes since ancient times. The toxicity of bhallatak precludes its mega scale production particularly as a medicine at the industrial level. The properties of this fruit used against various diseases after proper detoxification. However, traditional healers and physicians of Indian systems of medicine continue to use bhallatak in various forms in their clinical practice. Several experimental investigations have been undertaken in diverse in vitro and in vivo models. The major focus of these investigations reported in the current literature regarding on its historical background, botany, general uses with pharmacological activity, poisonous nature, antidotes and propagation to get a better insight and comprehend its narrow therapeutic margin. It is important to understand the significance of Ayurveda inspired investigation of this traditionally acclaimed medicinal plant.
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