Pharmacological Values and Phytochemical Properties of Devil’s Cotton (Ulatkambal) - A Review

  • Nargis Sultana Chowdhury Department of Pharmacy, Manarat International University, Khagan, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Farhana Farjana Department of Pharmacy, Manarat International University, Khagan, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Sifat Jamaly Department of Pharmacy, Manarat International University, Khagan, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mst Nadira Begum Biological Research Division, BCSIR Laboratories, Dhaka, Dr. Qudrat-I-Khuda Road, Dhanmondi Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mst Elina Akhter Zenat Biological Research Division, BCSIR Laboratories, Dhaka, Dr. Qudrat-I-Khuda Road, Dhanmondi Dhaka, Bangladesh
Keywords: Devil’s cotton, Ulatkambal, Abroma augusta, Phytochemical properties, Pharmacological values.

Abstract

Devil’s cotton (Ulatkambal) is a genus in the family Malvaceae, with one or two species from Asia and Australia. Literature review revealed that Abroma augusta (Devil’s cotton) is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine as a popular drug. Devil’s cotton has been claimed to possess major biological activities like anti-diabetic, analgesic, anti-inflamatory, thrombolytic, antioxidant, hypolipidemic etc. They are also utilized by the traditional local healers of different Asian countries to treat various diseases like diabetes mellitus, as uterine tonic in emmerogogue, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhoea, sterility and other menstrual disorders, rheumatic pains of joints and headache with sinusitis. Biochemical profiling of different parts of the plant demonstrated the presence of some important phytochemicals like alkaloids, abromin, sterol, friedelin, abromasterol, taroxerylacetate, taraxeral and β-sitosterol. The aim of this review was to analyze the published report based on the medicinal values of Devil’s cotton species as well to provide the updated information about the ethnomedicinal, pharmacological as well as the phytochemical properties.

Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal 22(1): 109-116, 2019

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Chowdhury, N., Farjana, F., Jamaly, S., Begum, M. N., & Zenat, M. E. (2019). Pharmacological Values and Phytochemical Properties of Devil’s Cotton (Ulatkambal) - A Review. Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal, 22(1), 109-116. https://doi.org/10.3329/bpj.v22i1.40082
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