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Title: Pharmacognosy of aconite sold under the name Vatsanabha in Indian market
Authors: Sarkar, P K
Prajapati, P K
Pillai, A P G
Chauhan, M G
Keywords: Aconite
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A61K 36/00, A61P, A61P 1/00, A61P 7/00, A61P 9/00, A61P 11/00, A61P 19/00, A61P 39/00
Abstract: Aconite is one of the lethal poisons used in therapeutics of Ayurveda. It is sold under the name of Vatsanabha in Indian market. The aconite is generally found as mixture of different species of Aconitum, due to the close morphological similarity of the different species of aconites. The aims of the study were to identify different species of Aconitum present in the market samples of Vatsanabha and to find out the authentic species of Vatsanabha, i.e. Aconitum chasmanthum Stapf. ex Holmes in the market sample. Vatsanabha was sold from Indian markets and was identified by means of macroscopic and microscopic studies and by TLC profile. It was found that ‘Vatsanabha’ of Indian market is mixture of 8 species of Aconitum, 6 of these were identified as A. spicatum Stapf., A. falconeri Stapf., A. chasmanthum Stapf. ex Holmes, A. laciniatum Stapf., A. balfourii Holmes ex Stapf. and A. deinorrhizum Holmes ex Stapf. A. chasmanthum Stapf. ex Holmes species is rarely available in market samples.
Page(s): 685-696
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.11(4) [October 2012]

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