Remedial merits of Piper longum Linn with astonishing antidiabetic potential

K. R. C. Reddy


Over the past three decades, the number of people with diabetes mellitus (DM) has doubled globally, making it one of the most important public health challenges to all nations. This has been stimulating the development of novel and potentially more effective therapeutic approaches to treat the disease. Even after the availability of a massive amount of hypoglycemic drugs in conventional system, herbals are gaining much attention because of its spectacular therapeutic potential and also help to sustain the healthy condition of the body. In this review article, a highly valuable drug Pippali (Piper longum) has been evaluated on the basis of its pharmacognostical, pharmacological, and therapeutical background. The plant possesses significant antidiabetic activity. The systemic dysfunction associated with DM can also be cured by Pippali. Plant through exhibiting synergistic action gives a valuable response in hepatic, digestive, cardiac, and respiratory disorders. The purpose of this review is to enlighten all the remedial aspects of P. longum with a special focus on its antidiabetic potential.

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