Swertia chirayita: The Himalayan Herb

  • Supreet Khanal Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu
  • N. Shakya Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu
  • N. Nepal Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu
  • D. Pant Central Department of Botany. Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu
Keywords: Swertia chirayita, medicinal, trade, conservation

Abstract

Swertia chirayita is a native Himalayan herb typically found in the altitude of 1500 to 3100m. Swertia species are commonly used as primary medicines in fever, digestive and enteric diseases; especially S. chirayita is of principal importance. The pharmacological and ethno-medicinal perspective of the plant is well understood traditionally and pharmaceutically. Its secondary metabolites including glycosides and xanthones show promising bioactivity making it a powerful herb. Mixing of Swertia chirayita with its other species is done routinely in chiretta trade. Extensive wild collection and lack of sustainable conservation has led to the vulnerable status of the wild cultivar. 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/ijasbt.v2i4.11281

Int J Appl Sci Biotechnol, Vol. 2(4): 389-392


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Author Biography

Supreet Khanal, Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu

Associate Genetic Data Analyst, Deerwalk Services, Kathmandu.

Student, Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuwan University.

Published
2014-12-25
How to Cite
Khanal, S., Shakya, N., Nepal, N., & Pant, D. (2014). Swertia chirayita: The Himalayan Herb. International Journal of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology, 2(4), 389-392. https://doi.org/10.3126/ijasbt.v2i4.11281
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