Dodonaea Viscosa Linn. - An Overview


  • The Vignan Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacognosy, Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • JNTU Institute of Science and Technology, Centre for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hyderabad, 85, India


Dodonaea viscosa Linn. is an evergreen woody perennial shrub, though it is a native plant of Australia, indigenous and wide spread throughout the tropics. In Traditional system of medicine, various plant parts such as stem, leaves, seeds, roots, bark and aerial parts are used as antibacterial, analgesic antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer and antioxidant. The present review is therefore an effect to give a detailed survey of the literature on its pharmacognosy, phytochemistry, traditional and pharmacological uses.


Dodonaeaviscosa, Hopbush, Pulivailu, Bandedu, Herbal medicine, Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry.

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Pharmacy and Pharmacology

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