15. Phytochemical Principles in the Traditional Indian System of Medicine used for the Management of Metabolic Syndrome

  1. Tahira Farooqui and
  2. Akhlaq A. Farooqui
  1. Syed Ibrahim Rizvi1 and
  2. Neetu Mishra2

Published Online: 11 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118395318.ch15

Metabolic Syndrome and Neurological Disorders

Metabolic Syndrome and Neurological Disorders

How to Cite

Rizvi, S. I. and Mishra, N. (2013) Phytochemical Principles in the Traditional Indian System of Medicine used for the Management of Metabolic Syndrome, in Metabolic Syndrome and Neurological Disorders (eds T. Farooqui and A. A. Farooqui), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118395318.ch15

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India

  2. 2

    Centre of Food Technology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118395271

Online ISBN: 9781118395318

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Keywords:

  • Indian system of medicine;
  • medicinal plants;
  • metabolic syndrome;
  • phytochemical principles;
  • phytochemicals

Summary

In India, since ancient times, a number of plants and plant products have been used as herbal drugs against coronary artery disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. These diseases have been described/reported in Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine. The important medicinal plants commonly used for therapeutic purposes in conditions of metabolic syndrome include Allium cepa, Allium sativum, Aloe vera, Momordica charantia, Ocimum sanctum, Pterocarpus marsupium, Syzigium cumini, and Trigonella foenum graecum. In recent years, several such plants have been analyzed for their active principles in an effort to provide a scientific basis for their use in traditional system of medicine. In several cases, bioactive phytochemicals have been isolated and identified. This chapter reviews the scientific efficacy of the traditional Indian system for the management of metabolic syndrome with respect to their phytochemical principles.