Natural herbs have been widely used in orthopedic clinical practice in India, China and other countries since ancient times. The increase of aging population and the prevalence of osteoporosis, demands new therapeutic agents and nutritional supplements for the promotion of bone health. The Indian diet includes rich medicinal herbs. This review intends to highlight scienti.c information on naturally-occurring herbs like onion, garlic, clover, walnut, beans etc., consumed regularly in Indian diet which has been documented to possess osteoprotective properties. Focus has been put on literature available in the last ten years on Indian medicinal plants used for bone metabolic disorders like osteoporosis.
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