ATLAS OF MACRO-MICROSCOPY OF RAW DRUG SOLD AS MUSTA – CYPERUS ROTUNDUS (L.)Abstract
The quest for eternal health has made mankind to intensively research the nature itself. Nature has a rich source of medicinal plants, the proper use of which is necessary to maintain health. According to WHO, almost 80% of the population of developing countries has utmost faith in traditional medicines, of which plants are the important source. WHO recommends macroscopic and microscopic studies of the herb should be the first step in authentication, which is necessary to ensure the quality of any medicinal product. Cyperus rotundus (L.), a medicinal plant belonging to the family of the Cyperaceae, grows all over India. In the present study macroscopic and microscopic characterization of the rhizomes of Mustawas done to develop an atlas of diagnostic characters by the standard methodology of macro-microscopic characterization of herbal raw drugs. Macroscopical and organoleptic characters as well as the microscopic features of Musta rhizomes were documented. A self-explanatory atlas of photomicrographs was prepared to aid rapid identification of raw drug called Musta. The atlas will serve as standard reference for identification and distinguishing Musta from its substitutes and adulterants.
Hema Nidugala, Ramakrishna Avadhani, Sunil Kumar Naraya , B. Bhaskar and Anupama Noojibail *
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
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