Traditional Medicine for Neuronal Health

Tinospora cordifolia in Neurodegeneration: A Strong Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Phytotherapeutic Drug Candidate

Author(s): Anuradha Sharma and Gurcharan Kaur * .

Pp: 129-143 (15)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815040197123010009

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)

Abstract

Tinospora cordifolia is a Rasayana herb of Ayurveda, commonly known as “Heavenly Elixir” or “Amrita”, and one of the most exploited herbs in herbal medicines. T. cordifolia is well reported for its various pharmacological properties, such as anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, immunomodulatory, anti-cancer, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, and hepatoprotective activities. The prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases and other neurologic disorders is increasing worldwide. Oxidative stress and neuroinflammation are among the major pathologic mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases. This chapter discusses the pieces of scientific evidence of the beneficial effects of T. cordifolia in various brain-related ailments. Various research groups have demonstrated the ability of T. cordifolia and its extracts to normalize oxidative stress and suppress the inflammatory response against various causative agents, and thus suggested that T. cordifolia has the potential to be a neurotherapeutic drug candidate in the future.


Keywords: Herbal medicine, Neuroinflammation, Neurodegeneration, Neurologic disorders, Oxidative stress, T. cordifolia.

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