PHARMACOGNOSTICAL INVESTIGATION OF RICINUS COMMUNIS STEMAbstract
Castor (Ricinus communis L, Euphorbiaceous) is needed in the United States to supply caster oil for the hundred of products using this versatile chemurgical raw material. 40-45 thousand tons of castor oil and derivatives are imported each year. Ricinus communis is a common medicinal plant in Ayurveda and is used several part of country for various medicinal properties like the oil of leaf and root are used against various ailments. The oil is useful for skin diseases. Castor oil seeds have tonic effect. The oil is emollient, laxative and it can be used in cases of inflammation of the intestine or dysentery. The present work attempts to summarize the Pharmacognostical characters of the Ricinus communis stem. Ash and extractive values, chemical test, HPTLC, Histological color reactions and fluorescence analysis were also carried out.
Ramesh Kumar Singh *, M. K. Gupta, Arvind Kr. Singh and Sunil Kumar
Department of Pharmacy, Rameshwaram Institute of Technology & Management, Lucknow (UP) India
28 March, 2010
29 April, 2010
24 May, 2010
01 June, 2010