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Family Verbenaceae
/ Lamiaceae
Gmelina elliptica Sm.

Scientific names   Common names   
Gmelina asiatica Linn.  Bañgana (Bag.) Talauan (P. Bis.)
Gmelina villosa Roxb.  Bohol (C. Bis.) Taluñgud (Sul.)
Gmelina elliptica Sm. Bulbuol (P. Bis.) Taluñgun (Sul.)
  Danhañgas (Mag.) Tantuñgun (P. Bis.)
  Gimelina (Tag.) Tuluñgun (P. Bis.)
  Kaluñgun (P. Bis.) Tuñgolnol (P. Bis.)
  Puhang (Sul.) Rais madre de Dios (Span.)
  Saonad (Sub.)  


Talungud is a thorny, scrumbling shrub or small tree, growing up to 8 meters. The leaves are elliptic or ovate, 4 to 8 cm long, 2 to 6 cm wide, blunt or slightly pointed at both ends, with minute green glands at the base, entire or coarsely toothed margins. Flowers are about 3.5 cm long, yellow, borne in terminal racemes up to 7 cm long with rather large bracts. The fruit is nearly round, less than 2 cm in width, and yellow when ripe, with a watery flesh.

In thickets and secondary forests at low altitudes.

Study of aerial parts yielded 22 compounds from a chloroform extract, its prevailiing compound, 1,2- benzenedicarboxylic acid, diisoctyl ester (31.22%); and 12 compounds from an ethanolic extract, its major constituent, monolinoleoylglycerol trimethylsilyl ether (38.51%).

Bark and roots are demulcent and alterative.
Leaves are cathartic.

Parts used and preparation
Leaves, fruit.

Poultices for headaches; mixed with lime, poulticed for swellings.
Leaves are cathartic.
Roasted fruit applied to foot itching caused by stagnant waters.
Infusion from fruit used as eye lotion.
Juice from the fruit or leaves used for otalgia.
Boiled leaves used for inflammed gums.
In Thailand, the bark of Uvaria spp. and Gmelina elliptica is used to treat nausea and vomitiing during pregnancy.

Hypoglycemic / Anti-Diabetic:
Study of the alcoholic extract of root of Gmelina asiatica showed significant dose-dependent blood glucose reduction in normal and diabetic rats. The effect was compared with the drug tolbutamide.
Antiinflammatory: Study of the root powder in male albino rats showed the crude drug may exert anti-inflammatory activity by anti-proliferative, anti-oxidative and lysosomal membrane stabilisation.
Antipyretic: Study showed the hexane and chloroform extract of G asiatica roots showed significant antipyretic activity with no toxic activity.
Antimicrobial: The ethanolic extract of roots of G asiatica exhibited a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity, particularly against E coli, P vulgaris and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Antiproliferative / Anti-Breast Cancer: Study results suggest the efficacy of G. asiatic roots as antiproliferative agents on human breast cancer cells, supporting the hypothesis that plants containing lignans have beneficial effects on human breast cancer.


Last Update Sept 2010

Photos © Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange
IMAGE SOURCE / Public Domain / File:Gmelina villosa Blanco1.215-original.png / Flora de Filipinas / Franciso Manuel Blanco (OSA), 1880-1883 / Wikimedia Commons

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Traditional Remedies for Women's and Children's Health Issues on Flores Island / Herbal Remedies for the First, Second and Third Trimesters of Pregnancy and Labor / J M Pfeiffer et al / Published on Proceedings of International Conference on Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Plants, 2007
Hypoglycemic and Antihyperglycemic Effect of Gmelina asiatica LINN. in Normal and in Alloxan Induced Diabetic Rats / Routhu Kasiviswanath et al / Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin • Vol. 28 (2005) , No. 4 729
Biochemical modes of action of Gmelina asiatica in inflammation / T Syed Ismail et al / Indian Journal of Pharmacology 1997; 29: 306-309
Antipyretic studies on some indigenous Pakistani medicinal plants. II / Ikram M et al / Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Switzerland) 1987

Chemical Investigation of Aerial Parts of Gmelina asiatica Linn by GC-MS / N J Merlin, V Parthasarathy et al / Pharmacognosy Research, 2009, Vol 1, No 3, Pp 152-156.
Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of Cleome viscosa and Gmelina asiatica / Sudhakar M, Rao ChV et al / Fitoterapia. 2006 Jan;77(1):47-9. Epub 2005 Dec 1.
Antiproliferative activity and induction of apoptosis in estrogen receptor-positive and negative human breast carcinoma cell lines by Gmelina asiatica roots / Madhu Katyayani Balijepalli, Satyanarayana Tandra, Pichika Mallikarjuna Rao / Phcog Res 2010;2:113-9 / doi:10.4103/0974-8490.62949

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