A Review on ethnomedicinal claims of Merremia gangetica Linn.


  • Suraj Kumar
  • Das Ashokkumar Nathulal




Akhukarni, Convolvulaceae, Ethnomedicine, Folklore, Merremia gangetica


Aim: The medicinal plant Merremia gangetica Linn., family - Convolvulaceae, traditionally being used by the local healers due to its multiple therapeutic indications. Present review aims to collect currently available data on ethno-medicinal information and research updates on M. gangetica. Material and Methods: Available books related to traditional folklore uses of M. gangetica were searched from ethno-medicinal plants and published research articles. Along with various researches, name of reporting tribe and their place using the plant, vernacular names, parts used along with the therapeutic uses with specific methods of administration, if any, through either external or internal usages were also noted. Results: Across the globe in 2 countries and 8 states of India, M. gangetica has been reported for its traditional folklore therapeutic uses and in the management of 32 diseases conditions, various parts of the plants like whole plant, leaf, root and seed alone or along with other drugs are used either through external applications or internal administration. Maximum indicated in the treatment of rheumatism, neuralgia, headache, cough, etc. were reported.  Whole plant has maximum application in 14, followed by leaf in 8, root in 4 and seed in 1 diseases condition. Pharmacological studies such as anti-arthritis, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective activities, etc. were also reported. Conclusion: M. gangetica is a folklore ethnomedicinal plant being used as medicine in rheumatism, neuralgia, headache, cough, etc. and also to establish its ethnic claims, plant need scientific evaluation through pharmacological and clinical studies.

Author Biographies

Suraj Kumar

Research Association in FRD, Tirupati Innovation Centre, Paonta Shaib, Himachal Pradesh. India.

Das Ashokkumar Nathulal

Assistant Professor, Department of Dravyaguna, SMSJ Ayurved College & Hospital, Chhapra, Bihar, India.




How to Cite

Kumar, S. ., & Nathulal, D. A. . (2023). A Review on ethnomedicinal claims of Merremia gangetica Linn. International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine, 14(2), 346–352. https://doi.org/10.47552/ijam.v14i2.3548



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