Basella rubra Linn. – A Review
Singh M, Kumari R, Kotecha M
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Basella rubra belongs to the family Basellaceae, and commonly known as malabar spinach, indian spinach, ceylon spinach and vine spinach. It was used to treat large number of human ailments as mentioned in Charaka Samhita, and Sushruta Samhita. It has been found to be a good source of calcium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. In Ayurveda, the plant has shown immense potential in androgenic, antiulcer, antioxidant, cytotoxic, antibacterial activity, antiinflammatory, central nervous system (CNS) depressant activity, nephroprotective and wound healing properties etc. This paper includes the evidence-based overview of pharmacological and phytochemical properties of the Basella rubra, which may be helpful to establish a standard natural drug for further research.