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Sugar cane in therapeutics

Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) is generally popular as a major cash crop, from the view point of yielding white sugar. For the natives and traditional healers of the world, sugarcane (Ganna) is a valuable medicinal herb finding a significant place in alternative healing methods. In India, Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine recognize the invaluable medicinal properties of sugarcane and its derivatives. According to Ayurveda, it is oleaginous, diuretic, tonic, cooling, aphrodisiac and useful in fatigue, thirst, anaemia, ulcers etc., while according to the Unani system it is a laxative, diuretic, aphrodisiac and good for lungs. The sugarcane plant in its entirety is known to possess great therapeutic utility, the details of which are furnished in this paper. The recent researches on the by-products of sugarcane in medicine / therapeutics are highlighted

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