Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 1997 Sep; 22(9): 515-8, 525, 574.
[Ethnopharmacology of Phyllanthus emblica L.]
Institute of Medicinal Plant, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing.
This paper deals with the ethnopharmacology of P. emblica, a traditional herbal medicine used by many peoples in the world. The paper introduces the biological characters, geographical distribution-patterns, chemical constitution and pharmacology of the plant. By cross-cultural comparative study, this paper indicates that there are 17 countries and nations of the world using various parts of P. emblica in their medical treatment. The medicinal plant is good for anti-hepatitis, anti-cancer, anti-tumor and regulation of stomachal function. The plant is also regarded as a traditional immunomodulator and a natural adaptogen. The result of the study reveals that P. emblica is an important traditional medicine with broad prospects.