IJBSAHM 2017 Volume 5 Issue 1

International Journal of BioSciences, Alternative and Holistic Medicine (IJBSAHM) ISSN: 0976 - 1802

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Memecylon malabaricum Cogn.: Plant profile, Pharmacology and Phytochemistry - A Review. Abi P.K. and Madhusudhanan K. IJBSAHM (2017), 5(1):1-4




Memecylon malabaricum Cogn.: Plant profile, Pharmacology and Phytochemistry - A Review

Authors & Affiliation:

Abi P.K.1 and Madhusudhanan K.2

1 Research Scholar, 2 Assistant Professor,

Department of Botany and Research Centre, St. Albert’s College, Ernakulam, Kerala, INDIA

abypchacky@gmail.com, madhusudhanan_70@yahoo.com


Memecylon malabaricum is an endemic plant belongs to the family Melastomaceae, widely distributed in Western Ghats. The present review article is a comprehensive account of all the phytochemicals and pharmacological investigation of the plant. The plant is traditionally used to treat various ailments like diabetes, bacterial infections, inflammatory and skin disorders including herpes, chicken pox and psoriasis. M. malabaricum shown to possess several biological activities such as antimicrobial, antipsoriatic, anthelmintic, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and clastogenic activity. Several phytochemicals identified from the plant like steroids, saponins, flavonoids, tannins, and alkaloids and a novel compound namely Memecylaene isolated from the leaves which have immense potential as an anti-inflammatory agent. Further, there is a need to validate pharmacological properties of this plant and isolate the compound behind it. If future studies throw a light on these aspects, definitely it will help in developing a potential biopharmaceutical product.

Key words: Memecylon malabaricum, Melastomaceae, phytochemistry, pharmacology