American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Volume 3, Issue 5-1, October 2015, Pages: 7-11

Biologically Potential for Pharmacologicals and Phytochemicals of Medicinal Plants of Colocasia esculenta: A Comprehensive Review

Md. Reyad-ul-Ferdous1, 2, *, Md. Saiful Islam Arman3, Md. Munirul Islam Tanvir4, Shamsunnahar Sumi2, Kazi Md. Mostafizur Rahman Siddique5, Md. Mustahsan Billah6, Md. Siddiqul Islam7

1Department of Pharmacy, Progati Medical Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2Department of Pharmacy, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

3Department of Pharmacy, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

4Department of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh

5Department of Pharmacy, University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

6Department of Pharmacy, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Noakhali, Bangladesh

7Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Md. Reyad-ul-Ferdous, Md. Saiful Islam Arman, Md. Munirul Islam Tanvir, Shamsunnahar Sumi, Kazi Md. Mostafizur Rahman Siddique, Md. Mustahsan Billah, Md. Siddiqul Islam. Biologically Potential for Pharmacologicals and Phytochemicals of Medicinal Plants of Colocasia esculenta: A Comprehensive Review. American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Special Issue: Herbal Remedies as Alternative to Future Drugs Development and Treatment. Vol. 3, No. 5-1, 2015, pp. 7-11. doi: 10.11648/j.ajcem.s.2015030501.12

Abstracts: Colocasia esculenta (L) Schott of the family Araceae is an herbaceous perennial plant cultivated as annuals. Local name of C. esculenta is Kochu in Bangladesh and Taro in India. C. esculenta (L) is an ancient crop grown throughout the humid tropics and is widely used throughout the world; Africa, Asia, the West Indies, and South America. Its edible corms and leaves are traditionally used for hepatic ailments. Juice obtained from stems. Schott is used to stop bleeding from cuts and Wounds. The young leaves and roots are rich in Vitamin C as well as starch. It contains calcium, phosphorours, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, oxalic acid, calcium oxalate, sapotoxin and flavones, apigenin and luteolin. The biological properties as well as chemical constituents of plant C. esculenta were widely used in folk medicine. In traditional medicine, C. esculenta is used as Anti microbial, Antihepatotoxic, Anti-cancer, Anti-Lipidperoxidative, Antibacterial and Antifungal, Antidiabetic, Anti-melanogenic, Anthelmintic. In present study, C. esculenta shows potent pharmacological activity such as Antimicrobial, Antihepatotoxic, Anti-cancer, Anti-Lipidperoxidative, antibacterial and Antifungal, Antidiabetic, Anti-melanogenic, Anthelmintic. Due to present of several potential chemical constituents it may use in several disease conditions for the future treatment.

Keywords: Colocasia esculenta, Phytochemicals, Pharmacologicals, Antihepatotoxic, Anti-Cancer, Antidiabetic, Anti-Lipidperoxidative, Anti-Melanogenic, Anthelmintic

1. Introduction

Various medicinal plants have been used for thousands years in daily life to treat disease all over the world. It was used as vital sources of medicine. The medicinal plants were anciently use of herbal remedies and healthcare preparations including Vedas and the Bible. In fact, plants contain diverse range of bioactive molecules, to make them a rich source of different types of medicines [1]. All plants, as sources of different medicinal compounds shows dominant role in the maintenance of human health since ancient times [2]. All modern clinical drugs around 50% of are of natural product origin [3] and in drug development programs in the pharmaceutical industry natural products play a significance role [4]. Plants can dominant synthetic drugs molecule to treat major diseases and also provide lead compound to development of potential synthetic drugs molecule [5]. Medicinal plant has relatively lower incidence of adverse reactions and can be use as alternatives to synthetic drugs [6,7,8,9] as well as much work available on ethno medicinal plants in India [10]. Traditional natural products are increased now as a form of modern medicine [11]. Recent studies suggested that aqueous and ethanol extracts from plants used in allopathic medicine are potential sources of antiviral, antitumor and antimicrobial agents etc (12, 13]. C. Esculenta belongs to the family Araceae and commonly known as Taro. The leaf juice of the plant is stimulant and rube facient as well as styptic. It’s also useful in internal otalgia, adenitis, haemorrhages and buboes. True taros are grown in the South Pacific for hundreds of years and available in the tropical region between India and Indonesia. Leaves are also used as a vegetable. The plant is a herb, with clusters of long heart or arrow heads haped leaves that point earthwards. It contains erect stems that may be green, red black or variegated as well as few meters high. The plants consist of several phyto-chemicals such as Vitamin C, thiamine, sapotoxin, oxalic acid, calcium oxalate, niacin, and riboflavin. The tubers contain amino acids and proteins. The corms contain the cyaniding 3- rhamnoside, cyaniding 3-glucoside and anthocyaninsperlargonidin 3-glucoside.Traditionally it is used to treat the stomach swelling and pain and fever. It is also used to treat poultice on infected sores [14]. The large green leaves known as ‘elephant ear’ and 1-2 m high. The tuberous root is the main edible part of the crop. The leaf juice also used in snake bite as well as food poisoning in plant origin as traditional medicines [15].

2. Pharmacological Activities of C. esculenta

Plants are the major sources of drugs or molecule which demonstrate mild to significant pharmacological activity against tremendous organisms and diseases. Pharmacological activity and phyto-constituents demonstrate in the table-1 and table-2.

2.1. Anti-Microbial and Anti-Fungal Activities of C. esculenta

C. esculenta shows the antimicrobial activity of chloroform and methanol extract by agar diffusion method. In this studies chloroform and methanol extract shows in several dose such as 20, 10, 5, 2.5, 1.25, 0.625, 0.3125 mg/ml against some selected strains was measured and compared with standard antibiotics tetracycline in dose of 5, 2.5, 0.625, 0.3125, 0.15625, 0.078072 mg/ml [16]. Aqueous extract of C. Esculenta was conducted in gram positive i.e Streptococcus mutans (MTCC-890), Bacillus subtillis (MTCC-121) and gram negative i.e Klebsiella pneumonia (MTCC-109), Pseudomonas fragi (MTCC-2458), Escherichia coli (MTCC-483) as well as fungal strains Aspergillus niger (MTCC-281) Candida albicans (MTCC-227). The results exhibited good activity against tested organisms [19].

2.2. Anti-Cancer Activity of C. esculenta

In this study C. esulenta extracts was conducted in vitro for anti-proliferative activity against the rat YYT colon cancer cell line. Pio can significantly reduce colon cancer rate among Hawaiians by two distinct mechanisms. One is inducing apoptosis within colon cancer cells and second one is non-specifically activating lymphocytes which in turn can lyse cancerous cells. In this experiment results demonstrate that that poi may have novel tumor specific anti-cancer activities and future research is suggested with animal studies and human clinical trials [17].

2.3. Anti-Eppatotoxic Activity of C. esculenta

In this study the anti-hepatotoxic and hepatoprotective studies were carried against two well known hepaotoxins paracetamol and CCL4 using in vitro liver slice method. The liver cell was oxidized by free radicals generated factors such as CCL4 and paracetamol. C. esculenta leaf juice was measured using the leakage of marker enzymes of liver function viz AST, ALT and ALP in the incubation medium. The leaf juice of C. esculenta remarkably declined the leakage of AST, ALT and ALP in the medium indicating hepatocyte integrity. This investigation is support that C. esculenta leaf juice as a whole possesses anti-hepatotoxic and hepatoprotective efficacy when tested in vitro using rat liver slice model [15].

2.4. Anti-Lipid Peroxidative Activity of C. esculenta Leaf Juice Against ccl4 and Acetaminophen Mediated Cell Damage

In this experiment C. esculenta whole leaf juice was conducted free radical scavenging efficacy. The free radicals were generated using by the two well known hepatotoxins ccl4 and acetaminophen. The effect of free radicals was studied on liver cells by in vitro rat liver slice model. The evaluation was carried using the Thio-Barbituric Acid Reactive Substances and the total glutathione levels in the liver tissue. This results show significance free radical scavenging efficacy [18].

2.5. Anti-Diabetic Activity of C. esculenta

The present study suggested that ethanol extract of C. esculenta (EECE) leaves were subjected to anti-diabetic activity on blood glucose level and on the body weight in alloxan induced diabetic rats in doses of EECE (100, 200 and 400 mg/kg) and metformin (450 mg/kg) were administered orally in alloxan (120 mg/kg, i.p.). The results demonstrate significant (p<0.001) blood glucose lowering effect i.e observed reduction in blood glucose was (174.34 mg/dl) at the dose of 400 mg/kg on 14th day [20].

2.6. Anti-Melanogesnic Activity of C. esculenta

Recent data suggested that the methanolic extract of tuber-barks of Colocasia antiquorum var. Esculenta contain a new chemicals such as monoglyceride, (2'S)-1-O-(9-oxo-10(E), 12(E)-octadecadienoyl) glycerol. This compound was demonstrating significant anti-melanogenic activity [21].

2.7. Antihelmintic Activity of C. esculenta

Aqueous and Ethanolic extract of the leaf from C. esculenta were investigated for anthelmintic activity against earthworm. The results exhibited significant anthelmintic activity at highest concentrations at 50 mg/ml extract compared with standard with Piperazine citrate (10 mg/ml).

Table 1. presenting various pharmacological activities attributed to C. esculenta.

Activity References
Anti microbial 16
Anti-cancer 17
Antihepatotoxic 15
Anti- Lipidaperoxidative 18
Antibacterial and Antifungal 19
Antidiabetic 20
Anti-melanogenic 21
Anthelmintic 14

Table 2. presenting various chemical constituents of C. esculenta.

Chemical Compounds Parts References
Vitamin C Leaves 16,14
Starch Root s 16, 14
Amino Acid Tubers ,Leaf 16,14
Protein Leaves 16,14,15
Anthocyaninsperlargonidin 3-glucoside Corm 16,14
Cyaniding 3-glucoside Corm 16,14
Cyaniding 3-rhamnoside Corm 16 , 14
Β-sitosterol Leaves 22
Steroids Leaves 22
Flavonoids Leaves 22, 23
Calcium Leaves 15 ,18
Phosphorous Leaves 15,18
Iron Leaves 15,18
Vitamin C Leaves 15,18
Thiamine Leaves 15,18
Riboflavin Leaves 15,18
Niacin Leaves 15,18
Minerals Leaves 18
Saponins Leaves 23
Terpernes Leaves 23
Anthraquinones Leaves 23
Cardiac Glycosides Leaves 23
Alkaloids Leaves 23
Ascorbic acid Leaves 15

Figure a. Root of Colocasia esculenta .

Figure b. Flower of Colocasia esculenta.

Figure c. Fruit of Colocasia esculenta.

Figure d. Leaves of Colocasia esculnta.

Figure e. Steam of Colocasia esculenta.

Figure f. Whole plant of Colocasia esculenta.


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