Nat Prod Ind J, Volume: 12( 3)

Medicinal Plants: A Review

Ajlan A , Amity Institute of Biotechnology, J-3 Block, Amity University Campus, Sector - 125, Noida - 201303, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tel: +91-9873118691; E-mail: [email protected]

Received: September 01, 2016; Accepted: September 10, 2016; Published:September 25, 2016

Citation: Ajlan A. Medicinal Plants: A Review. Nat Prod Ind J. 2016;12(3):103.


Medicinal plants have been utilized as a part of essentially all societies as a wellspring of medicine. Affirmation of the security, quality, and adequacy of therapeutic plants and natural products has now turned into a key issue in industrialized and in developing nations. The across the board utilization of home grown cures and healthcare preparations is depicted in the Vedas and the Bible. Medicinal plants have been utilized for a large number of years to flavour and preserve food, to treat wellbeing issue and to avoid illnesses including epidemics. The information of their healing properties has been transmitted throughout the hundreds of years within and among human groups. Lead compounds produced during secondary metabolism are typically in charge of the natural properties of plant species utilized all through the globe for different purposes, including treatment of irresistible infections. Right now, information on the antimicrobial activity of various plants, so far considered observational, have been scientifically confirmed, with the increasing number of reports on pathogenic microorganisms resistant to antimicrobials. Substances got from plants may possibly control microbial development in diverse circumstances and in the particular instance of ailment treatment, various studies have intended to depict the chemical composition of these plant antimicrobials and the mechanisms required in microbial development hindrance, either independently or connected with conventional antimicrobials.


Traditional medicine; Medicinal plants; Phytomedicines; Plant extracts; Essential oils


The term of therapeutic plants incorporates a different sorts of plants utilized as a part of herbalism and some of these plants have a medicinal activity. Medicinal plants are the "spine" of traditional medicine, which implies more than 3.3 billion individuals in the less developed nations use medicinal plants on a continuous basis [1-5]. These therapeutic plants think about as a rich source of ingredients which can be utilized as a part of medication synthesis and development. Other than that, these plants assume a basic part in the improvement of human cultures around the entire world. The Indian sub-continent has an extremely rich differing qualities of plant species in an extensive variety of biological communities. There are around 17,000 types of higher plants, of which roughly 8,000 species, are viewed as medicinal and utilized by town groups, especially tribal groups, or in conventional medicinal systems, for example, the Ayurveda [6-15].

The utilization of conventional medication and medicinal plants in most developing nations, as a basis for the support of good wellbeing, has been generally seen by UNESCO. Besides, an expanding dependence on the utilization of therapeutic plants in the industrialized societies has been followed to the extraction and development of many medications and chemotherapeutics from these plants and in addition from conventionally utilized rural herbal medications. During the previous decade, conventional systems of medicine have turned into a point of worldwide significance. Current assessments recommend that, in numerous developing nations, a substantial extent of the population depends vigorously on conventional experts and medicinal plants to meet essential medicinal health care needs. In spite of modern medication might be accessible in these nations, herbal medicines (phytomedicines) have frequently kept up popularity for historical and social reasons [16-25].

Therapeutic plants every now and again utilized as crude materials for extraction of lead components which utilized in the synthesis of various medications. Like in case of, blood thinners, anti-microbial and anti-malarial prescriptions, contain ingredients from plants. Additionally, the active elements of taxol, vincristine, and morphine separated from foxglove, periwinkle, yew, and opium poppy, respective [26-30].

Future of Medicinal Plants

Medicinal plants have a promising future on the grounds that there are about half million plants far and wide, and a large portion of them their therapeutic activities have not explore yet, and their medicinal activities could be conclusive in the treatment of present or future studies [31-40].

Characteristics of Medicinal Plants

Synergic medicine: The elements of plants all interface at the same time, so their utilizations can supplement or harm others or kill their conceivable negative impacts. Support of official medicine. In the treatment of complex cases like tumor ailments the parts of the plants turned out to be exceptionally powerful.

Preventive medicine: It has been demonstrated that the part of the plants additionally portrays by their capacity to keep the presence of a few diseases. This will help in the utilization of less chemical medications which will be utilized when the ailment is already present [41-50].

Significances of Medicinal Plants to Human Being

Medicinal plants have assumed a key part in the improvement of human society, for instance religions and distinctive ceremonies. A significant number of the present day drugs are produced indirectly from therapeutic plants, for instance ibuprofen. Numerous food crops have therapeutic impacts, for instance garlic. Medicinal plants are resources of new medications. It is evaluated there are more than 250,000 blossom plant species. Concentrating on medicinal plants comprehends plant poisonous quality and protect human and creatures from common toxic substances. Development and preservation of medicinal plants ensure biological diversity, for instance metabolic designing of plants. The medicinal impacts of plants are because of metabolites particularly secondary compounds created by plant species. Plant metabolites includes primary and secondary metabolites [51-60].

Phytotherapy is the utilization of plants or plant parts for therapeutic purposes (particularly plants that are not part of the typical eating regimen). Phytochemistry is the investigation of phytochemicals created in plants, describing the extraction, purification, detection, and structure of the huge number of secondary metabolic substances found in plants.

• Thin layer chromatography (TLC)

• Gel (column) chromatography)

• High performance of liquid chromatography (HPLC)

• Gas chromatography (GC)

• Mass spectrometry

• Nuclear magnetic resonance

Plant Primary Metabolites

Natural compounds produced in the plant kingdom have metabolic capacities vital for plant development and improvement produced in each plant. Include starches, amino acids, nucleotides, unsaturated fats, steroids and lipids.

Plant Secondary Metabolites

Organic compounds produced in plant kingdom don't have obvious capacities required in plant development and improvement. Produced in various plant families, in particular gatherings of plant families or in particular tissues, cells or developmental stages all through plant advancement. Incorporate terpenoids, uncommon nitrogen metabolite (counting, on-protein amino acids, amines, cyanogenic glycosides, glucosinolates, and alkaloids), and phenolics [61-65].


In this way, it is a critical point for the open access journals to urge scientists and clinicians to work hard with a specific end goal to elucidate the fundamental lead compounds which can be separated from therapeutic plants.

Later and re-established enthusiasm for therapeutic plants coupled to improvements in information technology has fueled a blast in the reach and substance of electronic data concerning medicinal plants as a re-new well-being aid. As of late assessed various wellsprings of such data in traditional abstracting administrations and additionally in an assortment of online electronic databases. As an aftereffect of such advancements, access to indigenous people groups and societies concerning therapeutic plants are significantly encouraged. Moreover, the dynamic investment of such regular overseers and professionals of significant learning is ensured in the era of examination concentrating on screening software engineers managing the confinement of bioactive standards and the advancement of new medication [66-70].