Chinju Merin Abraham*
Lecturer in Botany, Department of Botany, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta, Kerala- 689 645
A B S T R A C T
Rauvolfia serpentina is an important medicinal plant with a myriad of pharmacological activities. The plant is famous for curing various ailments due to the presence of alkaloids, carbohydrates, flavonoids, glycosides, phlobatannins, phenols, resins, saponins sterols, tannins and terpenes. Various parts of the plant are constantly used by several ethnic communities an traditional ayurvedic healers since centuries. In this respect, a review on phytochemistry and biological assays of the plant was done.
Keywords: Rauvolfia Serpentina, Phytochemistry, Diseases.