Tagetes Erecta

Topics: Antioxidant, Herbalism, Pharmacology Pages: 8 (2212 words) Published: March 5, 2013
Vol 3 | Issue 1| 2012 | 16-19. e - ISSN 2249-7544 Print ISSN 2229-7464


G. Gopi1, A. Elumalai2 and P. Jayasri3

Department of Pharmaceutics, Mahathi College of Pharmacy, CTM X Road, Chittoor (Dt), Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, 517 319. 2 Department of Pharmacognosy, Anurag Pharmacy College, Ananthagiri (V), Kodad (M), Nalgonda (Dt), Andhra Pradesh, 508 206. 3 Department of Pharmacognosy, Santhiram College of Pharmacy, Srinivas Nagar, Kurnool (Dt), Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh, 518 501. ABSTRACT Medicinal plants have been of great importance to the health care needs of individuals and their communities. The use of herbal preparations made from medicinal plants is widespread in developing countries. The healing powers of traditional herbal medicines have been realized since antiquities. About 65% of the world populations have access to local medicinal plant knowledge system. India is sitting on a gold mine of well-recorded and traditionally well practiced knowledge of herbal medicine. This article discusses about the medicinal values of Tagetes erecta. In this communication, we reviewed the pharmacological and phytochemistry of Tagetes erecta and its application in the treatment of various ailments like the flower parts of plants are used as a hepatoprotective, insecticide, anti-oxidants and analgesic. This review discusses the investigation made by various workers related to chemical constituents, pharmacological action and toxicological studies of this plant since years till date. Key words: Tagetes erecta, Pharmacological Actions, Toxicological Studies. INTRODUCTION Medicinal plants and derived medicine are widely used in traditional cultures all over the world and they are becoming increasingly popular in modern society as natural alternatives to synthetic chemicals [1]. In the last few decades there has been an exponential growth in the field of herbal medicine. It is getting popularized in developing and developed countries owing to its natural origin and lesser side effects [2]. At the present juncture, the modern conventional healthcare is burdened with great problems of unsafe medicines, chronic diseases, resistant infections, auto immune disorders and degenerative disorders of ageing, despite great scientific advances. More than 70% of India’s 1.1 billion populations still use these non-allopathic systems of medicine [3]. India possesses almost 8% of the estimated biodiversity of the world with around 0.126% million species [4]. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that approximately 80% of world population relies mainly on traditional medicines, mostly plant drugs in their health care. Today, Ayurveda coexists with modern system of medicine, and is still widely used and practiced. About 30% of the currently used therapeutics is of natural origin [5]. Botanical Study Kingdom Order Family Genus Species

: Plantae : Asterales : Asteraceae : Tagetes : Tagetes erecta

Traditional Uses The leaves are reported to be effective against piles, kidney troubles, muscular pain, ulcers, and wounds. The pounded leaves are used as an external application to boils and carbuncles. Chemical Constituents Lutein is an oxycarotenoid, or xanthophyll, containing 2 cyclic end groups (one beta and one alphaionone ring) and the basic C-40 isoprenoid structure common to all carotenoids. It is one of the major constituents and the main pigment of Tagetes erecta.

Corresponding Author: G. Gopi

Email:- jaishugopi@gmail.com


Vol 3 | Issue 1| 2012 | 16-19.
Pharmacological Actions Anti-bacterial Activity Rhama and Madhavan reported the anti-bacterial activity of different solvents of Tagetes erecta flowers against Alcaligens faecalis, Bacillus cereus, Campylobacter coli, Escherchia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus pyogenes. The...
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