Controversial Medicinal Plant Identification in Ayurevda

Proper identification of medicinal plants has a significant impact on the finished product and therapeutics. In Ayurveda identification of medicinal plants is a major hurdle in laying pharmacopeial standards for formulations. Astavarga a group of eight medicinal plants see Table 5.24 is vital part of Ayurvedic formulations like Chyvanprasha and four plants viz, Riddhi, Vriddhi, Jivaka and Rishbhaka have been discussed as possible members of the family Orchidaceae. Although work has been done on...

Classification of phytochemistry

In our view, phytochemistry can be divided into two classes 1. Conventional or traditional phytochemistry. 2. Medicinal or applied phytochemistry. Conventional phytochemistry, adopts procedures for isolation and purification of active constituents of medicinal plants. The study of this discipline is of more relevance to the pharmaceutical industry. A detailed discussion of conventional phytochemical techniques is beyond the scope of this book. Medicinal phytochemistry is emerging as a new...

Scope of medicinal phytochemistry

Medicinal phytochemistry seems to be an interdisciplinary subject. For a well-trained medicinal phytochemist, knowledge of subjects like medicinal or pharmaceutical botany, anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacognosy, ethnopharmacology, chemical ecology, conventional phytochemistry, toxicology, traditional systems of medicine (Ayurveda, Siddha, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Unani), clinical research and biostatistics are prerequisites. While several complementary and...

Ipomoea muricata L Jacq Convolvulaceae

The seeds of Ipomoea muricata are largely imported into Bombay, from Iran, under the name of tukm-i-nil. Distribution Native to eastern India and Bangladesh. Botany Perennial vining climber to 30 feet. It is a rare climber, sporting unusual aerial rootless and white, funnel-shaped blossoms in the second year. Phytochemistry Work done in the Philippines has demonstrated the presence of indolizidine alkaloids in the seeds. Two resin glycosides and muricatins VII and...

Bryophytes in traditional systems of medicine

There is no historical record, explaining the use of liverworts and mosses in Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine. One research claims that mosses from the species of Barbula, Fissidenc, Minium, Thuidium and species of liverworts like Asterella, Dumortiera, Marchantia, Pellia, Plagiochasma and Stephenrencella-Anthoceros were present in the vicinity of Shilajit Asphaltum punjabianum exuding rocks and these bryophytes are responsible for the formation of Shilajit. Bryophytes reveal the...