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2018  |  Vol: 3(3)  |  Issue: 3 (May-June) |
Alsi (Linum usitassimum): A potential multifunctional Unani drug

Anju1*, Mohammad Idris2

1Research Associate, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, New Delhi, India

2Principal & Head, PG Department of Ilm-us-Saidla, Ayurvedic&UnaniTibbia College & Hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Anju

Research Associate

Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, New Delhi, India


Herbal medicines have been widely used among the society as they are multifunctional drugs. Alsi or Katan (Linum usitatissimum Linn.) is popularly known as flax seed or linseed belongs to the family Linaceae. Flaxseed has many potential activities such as antidiabetic, antiartherosclerotic, anticancer, antihypertensive, antibacterial and antifungal. Katan plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and in supporting the immune system. Various scientific/ experimental studies have been performed presently on Alsi (Flaxseed) namely, phytochemical, physicochemical, pharmacological and clinical studies. In this review, Significant information about various actions and clinical indications of Alsi have been elaborated in the Unani classical literature and properties namely Anti-inflammatory, Anti-peptic ulcer, Anti-fungal, Antibacterial, Antioxidant and Anti-stress activities have been revalidated in the light of recent scientific researches.

Keywords: Alsi, Katan, flaxseed, Linum usitassimum, linseed, Unani drug

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