Phyto-pharmacological Review of Banafsha (Viola odorata) with Special Reference to Unani Uses

Imamuddin Mulla, Mariyam Roqaiya, iqbalpatel khanwale, Sazid alam, Khalid Eqbal


Viola odorata Linn. known as banafshan in Unani medicine is being used in different systems of medicine since very old time. Vast description of this herb is present in Unani literature regarding its therapeutic uses in various ailments. Phytochemical analyses have also shown presence of different alkaloids and chemicals in this herb proving its medicinal importance. Also parts of this herb have been studied in animals for its pharmacological properties and few pharmacological properties have been also studied in clinical trials confirming the description present in Unani literature. Based on the knowledge present in Unani literature, research should be conducted on untouched medicinal aspect of this herb.


Keywords: Banafshan, Unani, summer season

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Imamuddin Mulla, Mariyam Roqaiya, Iqbalpatel Khanwale, et al. Phyto-Pharmacological Review of Banafsha (Viola odorata) with Special Reference to Unani Uses. Journal of AYUSH: Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. 2018; 7(3): 21–29p

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