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Asian Journal of Biotechnology
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 317-328
DOI: 10.3923/ajbkr.2011.317.328
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A Review on Horse Radish Tree (Moringa oleifera): A Multipurpose Tree with High Economic and Commercial Importance

Ritu Paliwal, Veena Sharma and Pracheta

From time immemorial, man has remained dependent on plants for medicine. From a historical perspective, it is evident that the fascination for plants is as old as mankind itself. The plant kingdom represents a rich storehouse of traditional medicines and organic compounds that may lead to development of novel agents for various disorders. Moringa oleifera Lam (Syn Moringa pterygosperma Gaertn) commonly known by regional names such as drumstick tree, sajiwan, kelor, murungai kaai, saijhan and sajna, is a natural as well as cultivated variety of the genus Moringa belonging to the family Moringaceae. It is a small or medium sized tree, about 10 m high, cultivated throughout India. It is a multipurpose tree known as nature’s medicine cabinet. It is best known as excellent source of nutrition and natural energy booster. Different parts of this plant are being employed for the treatment of various ailments in the indigenous system of medicine. It possesses antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic and hepatoprotective activities. This plant have broad spectrum activities so, this review focuses on numerous economic application, distribution and commercial importance of Moringa oleifera along with its traditional medicine and culinary uses, so that it can be grown enormously and can be used for various indigenous purposes. Considering its relevance, further research is required to explore the potential from this medicinal tree.
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  •    Intake of Moringa oleifera Leaf Powder Positive Biochemical and Haematologic Effects in Albino Rabbits
  •    Physicochemical Properties of Moringa stenopetala (Haleko) Seeds
  •    In vitro Antibacterial and Antifungal Potentials of Petroleum Ether Extract of Moringa oleifera
  •    Methanolic Root Extract of Olax viridis Protects the Liver against Acetaminophen-induced Liver Damage
  •    Preliminary Studies on Biotransformation of Drumstick (Moringa oleifera) and Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) Seed Oils using Baker’s Yeast
  •    Assessment of Organic Amendments on Vegetative Development and Nutrient Uptake of Moringa oleifera Lam in the Nursery
  •    Hepatoprotective and Antioxidant Action of Moringa oleifera Lam.Against Acetaminophen Induced Hepatotoxicity in Rats
  •    Chemical Studies of the Seeds of Moringa oleifera (Lam) and Detarium microcarpum (Guill and Sperr)
  •    In vitro Antimicrobial Activity of the Compound Isolated from Chloroform Extract of Moringa oleifera Lam.
How to cite this article:

Ritu Paliwal, Veena Sharma and Pracheta, 2011. A Review on Horse Radish Tree (Moringa oleifera): A Multipurpose Tree with High Economic and Commercial Importance. Asian Journal of Biotechnology, 3: 317-328.

DOI: 10.3923/ajbkr.2011.317.328






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