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Title: Comparative pharmacognostic study of Inula racemosa Hook. f. and its adulterant Coffea travancorensis Wight & Arn.
Authors: Jamna, Jabbar
Balakrishnan, R
Ramakrishnan, P
Sarala, Samuel
Jolly, C I
Keywords: Inula racemosa;Coffea travancorensis;Adulterant;Pushkaramoola;Pushkaramulla;Hikka magrahana;Svasahara
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. cl. (2011.01)—A61K 36/00
Abstract: Inula racemosa Hook. f. (Asteraceae) is widely used in traditional medicine in India and Tibet as well as in drug industries for its antispasmodic, anti-asthmatic and digestive properties and as veterinary medicine also. It is commonly known as pushkaramoola, a stout herb mostly found in western Himalaya up to 2600 m. The great sage Charaka has characterized it as hikka magrahana (stops hiccups) and svasahara (helpful in asthma). Coffea travancorensis Wight & Arn., belonging to the family Rubiaceae is often sold throughout Kerala market under the name Pushkaramulla. People in Kerala use the roots of Pushkaramulla instead of Pushkaramoola, the former is an adulterant. In order to ensure the use of only genuine and uniform material in preparation of herbal formulation, work on standardization was carried out. Macroscopical and microscopical characteristics were worked out to identify the diagnostic features of the plant. Physicochemical and ultra-violet analysis helped in the identification of genuine drug and also contributed towards establishing pharmacopoeial standards.
Page(s): 386-394
ISSN: 0976-0512 (Online); 0976-0504 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJNPR Vol.3(3) [September 2012]

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