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2017  |  Vol: 3(6)  |  Issue: 6 (November-December)
Fumaria parviflora Lam. (Fumitory): A traditional herbal medicine with modern evidence

Suresh Kumar* 1, 2, Anil Kumar Sharma3, Anjoo Kamboj4

1Lord Shiva College of Pharmacy Sirsa, Haryana, India-125055

2Research Scholar, Department of Pharmacy, IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Punjab, India-144001

3Formerly Director and Principal in CT Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jalandhar, Punjab, India-144020

4Chandigarh College of Pharmacy, Landran, Mohali, Punjab, India-140110

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Fumaria parviflora is an important medicinal herb which is used in various traditional medicines to cure many diseases. The herbal extracts have been reported to possess anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antidiarrheal, bronchodilator, hypoglycemic, anthelmintic, laxative, antiprotozoal, dermatological diseases, enhance male fertility and antinociceptive effect. Their biological activity is primarily associated with the presence of alkaloids such as protopine, cryptopine, parfumine, berberine, oxyberberine, fumarine, protocatechuic acid and caffeic acid. Some other bioactive are fatty acids, volatile oils and sesquterpenoids and aromatic hydrocarbons in plant.  The present review is therefore, an effort to give a detailed survey of the literature on its botany, phytochemistry and biological activities of Fumaria parviflora, chronologically.

Keywords: Fumaria parviflora, Protopine, fumitory, fatty acids

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