Volume No. :   2

Issue No. :  5

Year :  2010

ISSN Print :  0975-2331

ISSN Online :  0975-4385


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Comparative Study of Various Plants of Piperaceae Family Commonly Used in Ayurvedic Formulations

Address:   A.K. Meena1*, M.M. Rao1, V. Nageswara Rao3, Komalpreet1, M.M. Padhi2 and Ramesh Babu2
1National Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Research, Patiala-147001, Punjab. 2Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, Janakpuri, Delhi-110058.
3 National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur.
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The present article attempts to compare TLC and physico-chemical parameters of P. nigrum Linn., Piper cubeba Linn., Piper longum Linn. and Piper chaba Hunter belonging to common family piperaceae. Each of them is considered to have huge medicinal value in Ayurveda, Sidhha and Unani traditional medicines. Since ancient times, these drugs are used according to their medical value. Investigation of such traditionally used medicinal plants is thus valuable on two levels, firstly, as a source of potential chemo therapeutic drugs and secondly, as a measure of safety for the continued use of medicinal plants. The present paper attempts to evaluate the physicochemical parameters like pH, Loss on drying at 105°C, Water soluble extract, Alcohol soluble extract, Total Ash, Acid insoluble ash and thin layer chromatography. The study revealed specific identities for crude drug taken which will be useful in identification and control to adulterations of the raw drug.
Piperaceae, Physico-chemical, Herbal drugs, TLC, Ayurvedic medicine
A.K. Meena, M.M. Rao, V. Nageswara Rao, Komalpreet, M.M. Padhi, Ramesh Babu. Comparative Study of Various Plants of Piperaceae Family Commonly Used in Ayurvedic Formulations. Research J. Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2010; 2(5): 407-410.
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