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A CRITICAL REVIEW DHATURA IN AYURVEDIC & MODERN CONTEXT
Dr. Trupti Gupta*, Dr. Arun Kumar Gupta and Dr. Jayesh Shrigadiwar
Plants have prodigious potential for the treatment and managing of many diseases and have been used in many nations for the management of different diseased conditions. The medicinal value of plants lies in their bioactive phytochemical elements that yield definite physiological activities in living beings. Many medicinal plants comprehend some chemical elements that may cause injurious effects to humans if consumed in large quantities. Alkaloids occurring in large amounts could make plants poisonous despite its medicinal effects. Datura is a genus of nine species of poisonous vespertine flowering plants fitting to the family Solanaceae. They are known as angel's trumpets, occasionally sharing that name with the closely related genus Brugmansia, and ordinarily known as daturas. Datura metel is known as Jimson weed and in Arabic known as “Jaozmasel”, is one of the well-known Ayurvedic medicinal herbs with wide application, Chemical investigation of which revealed its constituents as alkaloids, carbohydrates, and proteins among which alkaloids containing scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atropine are the main active ingredients that reveals various activities, such as anti-asthmatic, sedative, analgesic and anti-rheumatoidal effects.[Full Text Article]