A Review on Woodfordia fruticosa Kurz (Dhatki): Ayurvedic, Folk and Modern Uses

Woodfordia fruticosa


Woodfordia fruticosa kurz is an herbal plant that belongs to the family Lythraceae. This plant is widely distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of India, Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Pakistan. The plant possesses a long history of medicinal use. The flowers of Woodfordia fruticosa are recorded to possess potent therapeutic values. The various phytochemicals isolated from this plant are tannins, flavonoids, anthraquinone, glycosides and polyphenols. The extract of flowers and leaves are associated with useful therapeutic activities. These phytochemical compounds have many pharmacological properties such as antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, cardioprotective, antioxidant, antiulcer, immunomodulatory, antifertility and anti-tumor.  These pharmacological activities of Woodfordia fruticosa plant are also mentioned in the literature of ayurveda, yunani and other traditional systems of medicine. This review is intended to provide brief information on the plant Woodfordia fruticosa on the basis of chemical constituents, folk usage, ayurvedic usage, modern usage and its biological activities. 

Keywords: Woodfordia fruticosa, antimicrobial, Ayurvedic, flavonoids, Octacosanol 

Keywords: Woodfordia fruticosa, antimicrobial, Ayurvedic, flavonoids, Octacosanol


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Shifali Thakur, Shuddhi Ayurveda, Jeena Sikho Lifecare Pvt. Ltd. Zirakpur Punjab 140603

Shuddhi Ayurveda, Jeena Sikho Lifecare Pvt. Ltd. Zirakpur Punjab 140603, India

Hemlata Kaurav, Shuddhi Ayurveda, Jeena Sikho Lifecare Pvt. Ltd. Zirakpur Punjab 140603

Shuddhi Ayurveda, Jeena Sikho Lifecare Pvt. Ltd. Zirakpur Punjab 140603, India

Gitika Chaudhary, Shuddhi Ayurveda, Jeena Sikho Lifecare Pvt. Ltd. Zirakpur 140603, Punjab, India.

Shuddhi Ayurveda, Jeena Sikho Lifecare Pvt. Ltd. Zirakpur 140603, Punjab, India.


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Thakur S, Kaurav H, Chaudhary G. A Review on Woodfordia fruticosa Kurz (Dhatki): Ayurvedic, Folk and Modern Uses. JDDT [Internet]. 15May2021 [cited 18Sep.2021];11(3):126-31. Available from: https://jddtonline.info/index.php/jddt/article/view/4839