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Title: Use of <i><img src='/image/spc_char/kshirvidari.gif' border=0></i> as a substitute for <i><img src='/image/spc_char/vidari.gif' border=0></i> as per <i style="">Ayurvedic</i> descriptions
Authors: Venkatasubramanian, Padma
Kumar K, Subrahmanya
Venugopal, SN
Keywords: <i style="">Ayurveda</i>
Medicinal plant
<i><img src='/image/spc_char/vidari.gif' border=0></i>
<i><img src='/image/spc_char/kshirvidari.gif' border=0></i>
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Publisher: CSIR
Series/Report no.: <b>Int. Cl.<sup>8</sup>: </b>A61K36/00, A61P25/00
Abstract: <smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" name="country-region" downloadurl=""><smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" name="place" downloadurl=""> The classical texts of <i style="">Ayurveda</i> incorporate multiple names for most of the plant drugs described for their medicinal use. As a result, the correct identification of related botanical source, many a times, becomes ambiguous. Extensive background work on nomenclature correlation can be assumed in the scholarly works of several authors of twentieth century including those of the official formularies and pharmacopoeias of <i style="">Ayurveda</i> of India. However, the works do not describe the research methodology and findings that led to the correlations. There is an urgent need to revisit this issue systematically and to publish the same through books and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Owing to several reasons, including availability of the required plant raw drugs, there are controversies relating to use of more than one botanical entity by the Ayurvedic manufacturing units. <i><img src='/image/spc_char/vidari.gif' border=0></i> (<img src='/image/spc_char/vidari_hindi.gif' border=0>) is one such example where at least four different botanical entities have been recorded in use by the industry. <i>Pueraria tuberosa</i> (Roxb. ex Willd.) DC. is the only accepted candidate for <i><img src='/image/spc_char/vidari.gif' border=0></i> as per official pharmacopoeias. <i><img src='/image/spc_char/kshirvidari.gif' border=0></i> (<img src='/image/spc_char/kshirvidari_hindi.gif' border=0>), a well documented type of <i><img src='/image/spc_char/vidari.gif' border=0></i> as per the classical <i style="">Ayurveda</i> texts, finds no mention as <i><img src='/image/spc_char/vidari.gif' border=0></i> in these pharmacopoeias. The study, through etymological analysis of Sanskrit synonyms, formulations and verses, indicates that two distinct botanical entities were used as <i><img src='/image/spc_char/vidari.gif' border=0>,</i> even during the period of <i>Caraka</i>. Both these entities have been described as having similar properties and actions, thus making them eligible to be used as substitutes of one another. The two botanical entities that merit acceptance as sources of the classical <i style="">Ayurvedic</i> plant drug <i><img src='/image/spc_char/vidari.gif' border=0></i> are <i>Pueraria tuberosa</i> (Roxb. ex Willd.) DC. and <i>Ipomoea mauritiana</i> Jacq., though the later is better known as <i><img src='/image/spc_char/kshirvidari.gif' border=0></i>. </smarttagtype></smarttagtype>
Description: 310-318
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.08(3) [July 2009]

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