Research Article | Volume : 1 Issue : 6, August 2011

Ethno-medicinal Species of genus Ficus L. Used to Treat Diabetes in Pakistan

Kiran Yasmin Khan Mir Ajab Khan Mushtaq Ahmad Paras Mazari Imran Hussain Barkat Ali Hina Fazal Ibtesaam Zaima Khan   

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The present paper deals with species of genus Ficus L. used for the treatment of diabetes by different communities in Pakistan. Diabetes Mellitus is a syndrome of disordered metabolism in which ß cells damaged or work improperly, it is caused by hereditary and environmental causes, resulting in abnormally high blood sugar levels. In this present investigation, it is observed that the local communities and herbal practitioners use 8 species of genus Ficus (Moraceae) F. bengalensis, F. virens, F. racemosa, F. carica, F. lacor, F. hispida and F. microcarpa to treat diabetes in Pakistan. Plant specimens collected, identified, preserved and mounted were deposited in the department of Plant sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan for future references.

Keyword:     Diabetes Ficus decoction infusion blood glucose.

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