Asiaticoside: A Wonderful Herbal Component of Versatile Therapeutic benefits with Special Reference to Wound


Wound healing is a natural process. The integrity of the skin and injured tissue restoration include many cellular and biochemical phenomena. There are different kinds of conventional dosage forms that are utilised for the wound healing process. Apart from various conventional dosage forms, herbal therapies are gaining more importance nowadays. The herbal therapies are known for their non-habitual nature and have very less side effects as compared to conventional dosage forms. Recently, asiaticoside, an important chemical constituent of gotu kola that is extracted by different methods, is being utilised in wound healing. Asiaticoside has excellent wound healing capability. There are many studies on asiaticoside which reveal that it is a gold herbal compound that is used in the management of wound. Apart from its wound healing activity it also shows antidepressant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic action. This review article gives a comprehensive detail of asiaticoside and its various pharmacological actions and pharmacognostic features.

Herbal therapies are widely used in the treatment or management of many diseases. The term herbal therapy means utilisation of ingredients that are obtained from natural sources. There are many herbal plants which contain broad range of therapeutic active ingredients. These active ingredients from plats are isolated by different methods. There are different guidelines for the preparation of infusion, decoction, extracts, tinctures, ointments, poultics, powders, decoction, salves, syrups and powder. The active ingredients that show therapeutic effectiveness are present in different parts of plants, for example rhizomes of Zinger (Zingiber officinalis), fruit of Cardamom (Elettaria cardamom), flowering top Datura (Datura metal), leaflets of Senna (Cassia angustifolia). Now-a-day, herbal plants are widely utilised to cure many disease e.g. asiatocoside that show excellent therapeutic activity related to wound healing. It is believed that herbal remedies show less side effects, less likely to cause dependency and safer than synthetic compound

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Kathy Andrews
Managing Editor
Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research