Author(s): S. Elavarasi, K. Saravanan* and C. Renuka
Diabetes mellitus (DM),both insulin-dependent DM (IDDM) and non-insulin dependent DM (NIDDM) is a common and serious metabolic disorder throughout the world. Several oral hypoglycemic agents and insulin therapy are the primary forms of treatment for diabetes. However, prominent side effects of such drugs are the main reason for an increasing number of people seeking alternative therapies that may have less severe or no side effects. Several medicinal plants have been used to control diabetes in the traditionalmedicinal systems of many cultures worldwide. Many more medicinal plants have found potential use as hypoglycemic in the Indian system of medicines. In this review, there are 39 plants described. It clearly shows the importance of herbal plants in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. The present review profile-gives information about scientific name, common name, family and the parts of the plant used to treat diabetes.