An update on biological activities of medicinal plant Ipomoea quamoclit L.
Dipak Paul and Sankar Narayan Sinha*
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Abstract: Ipomoea quamoclit belonging to Convolvulaceae family is an annual, herbaceous plant, commonly known as mayil manikkam, akasamulla, kunjalata, tarulata, kamalata, getphul in India and distributed throughout the tropical areas of the world. Ipomoea quamoclit is used as folk medicine around the world for various illnesses. This paper reviews the important biological activities of I. quamoclit reported over the last few decades. These include antioxidant activity, antimicrobial activity, anticancer activity, antidiabetic activity as well as insecticidal activity. These studies reveal that I. quamoclit have various biological activities; hence, it is encouraging to find its new therapeutic uses.
Fig.: Different parts of Ipomoea quamoclit: A, Flowers; B, Leaf; C, Fruits.