Since ancient time, India is a well known subcontinent for medicinal plants where diversity
of plants is known for the treatment of many human disorders. Grewia asiatica is a dicot shrub belonging to the Grewioideae
family and well known for its medicinally important fruit commonly called Falsa. G. asiatica, a seasonal summer
plant is distributed in the forest of central India, south India, also available in northern plains and western Himalaya up to
the height of 3000 ft. Fruits of G. asiatica are traditionally used as a cooling agent, refreshing drink, anti-inflammatory
agent and for the treatment of some urological disorders. Recent advancement of Falsa researches concluded its antimicrobial
and anti-diabetic activity.
Since ancient time medicinal plants are traditionally used for the treatment of different diseases G. asiatica fruit is the
edible and tasty part of the plant, now considered as a valuable source of unique natural product for the development of
medicines which are used in different disease conditions like anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and antimicrobial.
Now a days, G. asiatica is being used in different Ayurvedic formulation for the cure of different types of diseases.
Different pharmacological investigations reveal the presence of phenols, saponnins, flavonoids and tannins compound
in the fruits. Present review highlights the phytopharmacological and different traditional use of G. asiatica which
is mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts. This review stimulates the researchers and scientists for further research on G.