HISTOCHEMICAL AND PHYTOCHEMICAL MARKERS FOR THE AUTHENTICATION OF AYURVEDIC RAW DRUG HALLAKAM (KAEMPFERIA ROTUNDA) AND ITS MARKETED ADULTERANTAbstract
Comparative pharmacognostic and phytochemical studies are the reliable source to identify the genuine raw drug from its adulterants. This paper deals with the characterization of the repute ayurvedic drug hallakam from its substitute/adulterants. Ayurvedic experts equated rhizomes of Kaempferia rotunda L. of Zingiberaceae as hallakam and in certain market samples Lagenandra toxicaria Dalz. is also sold as hallakam. The distinguishing pharmacognostic and phytochemical characters evolved from the study help to detect the genuine and market adulterant of hallakam.
K. Sereena, U. Prakash Kumar and A. B. Rema Shree*
Drug Standardization Division, Centre for Medicinal Plants Research (CMPR), Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal – 676503, Malappuram, Kerala, India
19 July, 2011
13 September, 2011
27 October, 2011
01 November, 2011