Introduction

The world is facing an explosive increase in the incidence of many systemic diseases, and cost-effective complementary therapies are needed (Sridhar et al., 2005). Medicinal plants have been used for centuries as remedies for human diseases (Jasmine et al., 2007). India, with its rich culture, traditions, and natural biodiversity, offers a unique opportunity for drug discovery researchers. Eugenia jambolana Lam., of the family

Myrtaceae (myrtle family), is an edible plant long used as a remedy in folk medicine. It is extensively cultivated in most regions of the world, in tropical and subtropical zones. The family Myrtaceae comprises about 75 genera and 3000 species. It is valued in the Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine for its many therapeutic properties (Sagrawat et al., 2006).

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