Nutritional and Therapeutic uses of Hibiscus Rosasinensis
Babita dahiya, Dr. Parvinder Kaur
Hibiscus rosa sinensis is a common flower found in many parts of the world. Yet only a few people are aware of its health benefits. Indian Ayurvedic medicine has recognized the medicinal effects of this flower long ago and recommends its use in treating many ailments. Chinese herbology also considers medicinal value of this plant. Various parts of the plant are rich in phytonutrients which can be attributed for its medicinal properties. It contains polysaccharides, anthocyanins, flavonoids, pectin and organic acids such as malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid. The leaves and flowers of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn. (Family Malvaceae) have been used in ethnomedicine for the treatment of various human diseases such as aphrodisiac, hypertension, wound healing, skin disease, hair disease, diabetes mellitus and cancer.