A Review on Potential Pharmacological Uses of Carthamus tinctorius L.

Author : Rashmi Dehariyaand Ashwini Kumar Dixit

Carthamus tinctorius L. (Safflower) of family Asteraceae is a medicinal plant with great potential. Its extract and oil has many therapeutic uses and having great pharmacological importance. Plant is mainly cultivated for its seeds, oil and flowers. It is to cure many day to day ailment, and has proved importance as purgative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, menstrual problems, post-partum hemorrhage, osteoporosis, diabetes, hepatoprotection, cancer, fibrosis and antioxidant. Carthamine, hydroxyl safflower yellow-A, carthamidine, luteolin are the main phytoactive principles of this plant. This review highlights the pharmacological aspects of Carthamus tinctorius.

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