There is a growing trend of herbal medicines in India as well as other parts of the world.
The use of herbal medicines alone or alongside prescription drugs for disease management is quite
common now. We hereby carry out a review of dominant species of Selinum mainly S. vaginatum C.B.
Clarke and S. wallichianum (DC.) Raizada & H.O. Saxena which are potent source of herbal medicine
and whose potential is still not exploited. They are found in Northern Himalayas in the states of Kashmir,
Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in India, and also distributed in adjoining countries like China,
Nepal, and West Pakistan. It is a perennial, primitive, high altitude, therapeutic herbal plant belonging
to family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) traditionally used for various diseases like epilepsy, seizures, and
hysteria, etc. The aim of this review was to provide a summary on botanical characterization, traditional
uses, phytochemistry and pharmacological activity of Selinum spp. The available information will be
further tapped for commercial use of this plant without endangering its status. Based on the available
evidence on the species pharmacology and chemistry, we highlight in which their therapeutic potential
can be properly harnessed for possible integration into the country’s healthcare system and be further
passed on globally.