Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines



Hygeia J. D. MedVol.3 (1) April 2011- September 2011, 76-88.

Type of Article: Research review

Authors: K.N.V.Rao1*,Sunitha Ch1, David Banji1, Sandhya. S1, MaheshV2


1. Department of Pharmacognosy, Nalanda College of Pharmacy, Nalgonda, Andhrapradesh, India.

2. Department of Pharmacology, NIPER, Guwahati, Assam, India.


 Article history: Received:2 January, 2011, revised: 17 February, 2011, accepted: 5 March, 2011, Availableonline: 4 April 2011



    The genus Rumexis found to be distributed worldwide. This genus includes more than 250species. Most of the species under this genus contain phytoconstituents like,flavonoids, anthraquinones and triterpenoids. Many species are herbs but shrubsalso included. Roots are usaually taproot but a few are having rhizomes. Very  few of them are explored scientifically ( Rumex patentia, Rumex japonicas, Rumexhymenosepalus, Rumex crispus, Rumex dentatus ) .80% methanolic extract of  rhizomeRumexabyssinicus  reported to havediuretic and analgesic activity.The triterpenoids which are isolated from the Rumex japonicus shows Rat lens Aldosereductase inhibitory activity.Leucodelphinidin and Leucopelargonidin isolatedfrom the Rumex hymenosepalusidentified as a antitumourous substances.Neopodin which is isolated from theethanolic extract of  Rumex japonicusexhibited the inhibitoryactivity of osteoclast.This paper  presentsthe morphological features, chemical constituents and uses  of the different reported species andfolklore uses of Rumex as these canbe explored  as potential  Nutraceuticals.


Keywords: Rumex species, anthraquinones, triterpenoids,flavonoids, diuretic, Nutraceuticals


Article outline

1. Introduction

2. Morphological description of the Rumex genus

3. Chemical Constituents of Different Speciesof Rumex:

4. Traditional and Medicinal Uses Different Species of Rumex



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