AN OVERVIEW ON DESMOSTACHYA BIPPINATA
Desmostachya bippinata (Linn) stafp; a plant belonging to family Poaceae commonaly known as Kush/Dabh. A rhizomatous perennial of dry areas with an extensive system of rhizomes. Leaves are coarse, narrow, tough, up to 50 cm long. The whole plant is useful to cure different diseases. Desmostachya bippinata is reported to have several medicinal properties for jaundice, menorrhagia, haemorrhoides, asthma, galactogogue, antihelicobactor, antidiarrhoeal and diuretic property. Plant is distributed mainly in Northern India and several constituents have isolated including tannins, flavanoids, terpenoids, carbohydrates and essential oils. Plant is also used religiously in Hindu religion. The alcoholic and aqueous both extract are useful of this plant for several diseases.
KEYWORDS: Desmostachya bippinata, Perennial, C4 grass, Essential oils.