Phytochemical and biological effects of Asparagus racemosus: A review
Author(s): Khaled Rashed
Abstract: Asparagus racemosus Willd. Is an important medicinal plant of tropical and subtropical India. Its medicinal usage has been reported in the Indian and British Pharmacopoeias and in indigenous systems of medicine. Asparagus racemosus is a useful traditional medicinal plant. Today it is a widespread belief on the percentage of the general public that natural substances are inherently superior to man-made substances and have run a mainstream role in the wellness maintenance system for the prevention of diseases. The major bioactive constituents which impart the medicinal value of the herb are a group of steroidal saponins, sarsasapogenins, flavonoids, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin and polyphenols. The tuberous roots of this herbaceous plant are widely applied in the pharmaceutical as well as on biotechnological scale, in preparation of various herbal preparations because it possesses outstanding potential, and defence system.