Momordica charantia Linn. is a commonly used herb in Ayurvedic medicine. This review supports all updated information on its phytochemical and pharmacological activities, traditional uses and scientific approach. The plant extracts and its chemical marker or target molecule charantin have been widely used for the treatment of a large number of human ailments. The chemical entities of this plant has been used as an antidiabetic, antihelmintic, antimicrobial, hypotriglyceridemic, hypocholesterolemic, insecticidal, antioxidant, anticancer, antimalarial, larvicidal, antiviral, antiulcerogenic agents. Scientifically proved activities are related with traditional concept. Scientific evidence exists with respect to their major and minor constituents. M. charantia is the most important controversial and effective natural origin that has a tremendous future for research. The novelty and applicability of M. charantia are hidden. Such things should be overcome through modern scientific concept.
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Sachin U Rakesh, Priyanka R Patil , Vijay R Salunkhe. Momordica Charantia Linn – A Comprehensive Review.
Research J. Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2009; 1(2): 98-102.