PHARMACOGNOSTICAL STANDARDIZATION OF NUTMEG SEEDS (MYRISTICA FRAGRANS HOUTT.) – A TRADITIONAL MEDICINEAbstract
Resurgence of public interest in traditional medicine is increasing in both the developing and developed countries. Myristica fragrans belonging to the family Myristicaceae is commonly known as jaifal and even used as home-remedies in the rural parts of the India. The fruit is used as traditional medicine more frequently for the treatment of common ailments of children in rural folklore practices at the place. Work on standardization assumes vital significance. However, no supportive data available on microscopic characteristics and standardization of the same. In this article a study has been made to fix the parameters includes botanical identification, physicochemical analysis, preliminary phytochemical analysis, HPTLC fingerprints profile, microbial screening, aflatoxin and heavy metals in order to ensure the use of only genuine and uniform material of such herbal remedies. The obtained values/ranges can be used as standards for quality control of the drug.
Indra P Tripathi and Neelesh Dwivedi *
(Scientist-1), Research Lab, JRD Tata Foundation of Research in Ayurveda and Yoga Sciences, Chitrakoot, Satna (M.P.) , India
19 October, 2014
17 March, 2015
27 June, 2015
01 July, 2015