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Ethnopharmacological Note: A note on novel anti-diabetic use of Calotropis procera latex
Priyanka Rani Roy, Najmun Nahar Chhanda, Tanben Rahman, Syeda Seraj, Rownak Jahan

Calotropis procera (Aiton) R.Br. (Asclepiadaceae) is a species of flowering plant known as ‘akondo’ in Bangladesh and can be found growing in the wild and roadsides. The plant exudes a milky sap (latex) when stems and leaves are cut or bruised. Latex and leaves as well as other parts of the plant are considered medicinal. Leaves are chewed as treatment of malaria in Karnataka, India (Prakash and Unnikrishnan (2013). In a review paper (Verma et al., 2010), various ethnomedicinal uses of different parts of C. procera have been mentioned. As mentioned by the authors, in different parts of the world, the whole plant is used for treatment of fever, rheumatism, cold, eczema, indigestion, diarrhoea, boils, and jaundice.

Keywords: Calotropis procera, anti-diabetic