Charanjeet Singh, Manish Gupta, Anil K Gupta, Mukesh Sharma

Plants have been one of the important sources of medicine even since the dawn of human civilization. Inspite of tremendous development in the field of allopathy during 20th century, plants still remain one of the major sources of drug in the modern as well as traditional system of medicine throughout the world. Triumfetta rhomboidea Jacq. (Tiliaceae) is commonly known as Burr bush, a popular Indian medicinal plant, has long been used commonly in Ayurvedic system of medicine. The plant has been found to possess diverse number of pharmacological activities. The present paper gives an account of updated information on its traditional uses, ethnobotany, phytochemistry and its pharmacological activities. The review reveals that wide range of phytochemical constituents have been isolated from the plant and it possesses important activities like Diuretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant, antiulcer and antimicrobial have also been reported. These reports are very encouraging and indicate that this plant has great potential to be developed as drug by pharmaceutical industries.