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Rhodiola: An Overview of Phytochemistry and Pharmacological Applications

  • Pushpender Bhardwaj
  • Garima Bhardwaj
  • Rinky Raghuvanshi
  • Mohan Singh Thakur
  • Raj Kumar
  • O. P. Chaurasia
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Abstract

Rhodiola is one of the important plants studied for its medicinal properties in ancient time. Some of the well-known and mostly evaluated species of genus Rhodiola are Rhodiola rosea, Rhodiola imbricata, Rhodiola heterodonta, Rhodiola quadrifida, etc. These species are known to possess potent biological/pharmacological activities such as antioxidant, leprosy, anti-inflammatory, antistress, etc. These plants grow at a height of around 4000–5000 m above the sea level with a low temperature of around −10 °C, thus surviving in very harsh conditions. Their survival in such harsh conditions is due to their adaptation in that environment as well as the kind of compounds these plants produce in their biological mechanism. The present chapter deals with the phytochemical composition, bioactivity, and in vitro analysis of some important Rhodiola species.

Keywords

Rhodiola Phytochemicals Anticancer Antioxidant 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pushpender Bhardwaj
    • 1
  • Garima Bhardwaj
    • 1
  • Rinky Raghuvanshi
    • 1
  • Mohan Singh Thakur
    • 1
  • Raj Kumar
    • 1
  • O. P. Chaurasia
    • 1
  1. 1.Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, c/o 56APOLeh-LadakhIndia

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