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INVESTIGATIONS ON SOME PLANTS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF TYPE 2 DIABETES AND DIABETIC WOUND HEALING ACTIVITY
D. K. Patil, Alok Pal Jain*
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan University, Bhopal (M.P.)
Medicinal plants are sources of health-promoting substances, including phytochemicals and phytoalexins that comprise polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamins A, C, E and several other constituents. Due to the present fast life of the humans a drastic increase in chronic disease conditions mainly diabetes has been determined. Most of these patients tend to face a tremendous problem when they get an infected wound. Plants and their extracts have a tremendous potential in the management and treatment of wounds. The phyto-medicines for wound healing are not only cheap and cost-effective but also reportedly safe as compared to allopathic drugs in context of hypersensitive reactions. The presence of various life sustaining constituents in the plants has also urged scientist to examine these plants with a view to determine their potentiating wound healing properties. The work includes a list of traditionally claimed plants used for type 2 diabetes and diabetic wound healing which are scientifically proved as well as scientifically not proved. Considering the importance of medicinal plants in terms of their beneficial health effects, some of the medicinally important plants used for the management of type 2 diabetes and diabetic wound healing are covered in this review with respect to their pharmacological and phytochemical profile.
Keywords: Type 2 diabetes, Diabetic wound healing, Medicinal plants, Corchorus olitorius
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