Authors : D.A. Tuwar* and A.A. Kulkarni
Page Nos : 17-22
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) is a herbaceous perennial herb belonging to family Asteraceae. Dandelion (Taraxacum spp) is used in many traditional and modern herbal medical systems. The root is chiefly considered a gastrointestinal medicine, supporting digestion and liver function, while the leaf is used as a diuretic and bitter digestive stimulant. The leaf of Taraxacum officinale that is Dandelion has been studied for its chemical properties and also for their nutritional value. From literature revealed that Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) is widely used in traditional and natural medicine systems. Different parts of this herbal plant has anti-diabetic effect, hepatoprotective effects, Anti-inflammatory actions, Anti-oxidative properties, Antifibrotic Effects, Inhibitory effect on HIV-1 replication and reverse transcriptase activity and anticancer effects. Since, there are insufficient data from well conducted clinical trials so, extensive in-vitro, in-vivo, and clinical research is necessary to inspect further the pharmacological, physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying the health promoting effects of dandelion to promote its usage for therapeutic purposes.