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Phytochemical and Pharmacological Investigations of Ricinus communis Linn.

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ALGERIAN JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS

Kamel Belhamel

Ricinus communis, Euphorbiaceae, Phytochemical Constituents, Pharmacology

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      Medicinal plants have always played a vital role for the healthy human life. The family Euphorbiaceous is a family of flowering plants and contains nearly about 300 genera and 7,500 species. Amongst all, the species Ricinus communis or castor plant has high traditional and modern medicinal values. The individual parts of the plant like the seed, seed oil, leaves and the roots showed their importance in pharmacology. Traditionally, the plant has been used for the treatment of various diseases in traditional or folk remedies throughout the world. In modern pharmacology, this plant is reported to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, central analgesic, antitumor, anti-nociceptive, antiasthmatic activity and other medicinal properties. These activities of the plant are due to the presence of important phytochemical constituents like flavonoids, glycosides, alkaloids, steroids, terpenoids etc. The aim of present article is to explore the chemical constituents, their structures and medicinal importance of Ricinus communis.

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      [1] Department of Applied Chemistry & Polymer Technology Delhi Technological University, Bawana Road, Delhi- 110 042, India,
      [2] Department of Chemistry, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, Delhi - 110 007, India .
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      ALGERIAN JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS
      Kamel Belhamel
      01 January 2015
      : 3
      : 1
      : 120-129
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