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International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Clinical Research

Vol. 5, Issue 1, Part A (2023)

Overview of plant giant taro


Sandip Badadhe, Kalpana Ghorpade and Savita Gavit


Alocasia macrorrhiza is a type of flowering alum native to the rainforests of Malaysia, Bangladesh and India. This plant contains D-glucose (44.95-78.85%), D-galactose (8.70-25.35%), D-mannose (3.20-10.45%), D-arabinose (2nd, 45-5.20%), flavonoids, cino Includes genetics. glycosides, ascorbic acid, vitamins, phytochemicals, minerals, carbohydrates and small amounts of rhamnose. Plants have been found to be effective as anti-cancer agents and to prevent scurvy. Treatment of insomnia, antioxidant action. The plant also has antifungal properties. The leaves and steam are also edible after cooking, but the giant taro contains a large amount of itchy rhizomes and is rarely eaten. It is also used in the treatment of severe burns and acute abdominal pain. It is an important medicinal plant in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and South America. Alocasia is recommended in Ayurvedic texts for the prevention and treatment of inflammation, abdominal and splenic disorders, antibacterial, anticancer, analgesic, hepatoprotective, hepatorenal, antioxidant and antifungal agents. The leaf juice is used as a digestive, anthelmintic, laxative, diuretic and astringent. Alocasia macrorhiza is a perennial ornamental plant. Its common English name is Giant Elephant's Taro. This plant contains monoindole alkaloids, neuriganamides, flavonoids, oxalic acid, cyanogenic glycosides, alokacin, cholesterol, amino acids, gallic acid, malic acid, ascorbic acid, succinic acid, glucose, fructose, sucrose, and beta-lectin. It is this article aims to review the biological activities, pharmacological uses, and clinical studies of alocasia to provide directions for further research.

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International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Clinical Research
How to cite this article:
Sandip Badadhe, Kalpana Ghorpade and Savita Gavit. Overview of plant giant taro. Int. J. Pharmacogn. Clin. Res. 2023;5(1):22-27. DOI: 10.33545/2664763X.2023.v5.i1a.27
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