Potential of beta sitosterol in medicinal plants used in BPH: A review
Dr. Vimla K Bishnoi, Kamini Kaushal, Dr. Ashwini K Sharma, Dr. Pradeep Soni
Background: ß-Sitosterol, a main dietary phytosterol found in medicinal plants & food, may have the potential for prevention and therapy for human cancer, BPH, High cholesterol. Phytosterols are plant sterols found in foods such as oils, nuts and vegetables and medicinal plants such as arjuna, giloy, Varun etc. Prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia is a non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland in men, which occurs with natural ageing. In Ayurveda, the Prostate gland, when affected by vitiated Vatha, (Apaan Vayu) causes a disease called “Vathaashteela” this condition is comparable to Benign prostate hypertrophy. In Ayurveda, it is a abnormalities of tridoshas (mainly vitiated vata dosha). Objective: Explored to medicinal plants which contain ß-sitosterol shows the anti BPH properties as Arjuna(Terminalia arjuna), haridra (Curcuma longa), Kummari (Aloe vera), Shatavari(Aperagus racemosus), Pippili (Piper longum) etc. to assess and find out the anti-BPH activity. Material & Method: In the present study, we collected and compiled references regarding Ayurvedic classical text, Pharmacological classical text., previous work, research papers, review articles, research gate, google scholar etc. done on anti-BPH effect of beta-sitosterol found in above-mentioned medicinal plants. Discussion & Conclusion: Based on literary review it is concluded that ß-sitosterol is responsible for significant anti-BPH effect. This article will discuss the benefits with use of ß-sitosterol. The current review focuses on uses of Beta-sitosterol and medicinal plants which contain ß-sitosterol.
Dr. Vimla K Bishnoi, Kamini Kaushal, Dr. Ashwini K Sharma, Dr. Pradeep Soni. Potential of beta sitosterol in medicinal plants used in BPH: A review. International Journal of Chemical Science, Volume 1, Issue 2, 2017, Pages 65-68