Tectona grandis is a tall tree from south-east Asia and is widely cultivated for its durable wood and is the source of a high quality hardwood known as teak. The timber is used for ship decking, flooring, furniture and construction. Several Phyto-constituents like alkaloids, glycosides, saponins, steroids, flavonoids, proteins have been isolated from different parts of the plant. Teak has traditionally been used in Southeast Asia for medicine, commonly for its astringent and diuretic properties, against swelling and in Gynecological disorders. Its traditional use for diabetes has been supported by laboratory tests in which extracts of the bark have been shown to lower insulin resistance in mice. Here is an effort to review the details of the drug such as morphology, distribution, ethno botanical claims and pharmacological activities.
Key words: Phyto-constituents, Diuretic, Gynecological disorders.