Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2016)
Evaluation for substitution of heartwood with small branches of Acacia catechu for therapeutic use – A comparative phytochemical approach
Author(s): Bhavana Srivastava, Vikas Chandra Sharma, Arjun Singh, R Singh and AD Jadhav
Abstract: Acacia catechu commonly called as Khadira is a medicinal plant and heartwood of which is widely used in Ayurveda for various diseases. Removal of heartwood from trunk of this tree may make this plant weak and susceptible to damage due to which availability of this plant may be difficult in near future. Present study outlines the concept of plant part substitution. Heartwood and small branches of A. catechu are compared on the basis of physicochemical analysis, phytochemical analysis, total phenolic contents, total flavonoid contents and high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) to evaluate the possibilities of using small branches instead of heartwood. Results of phytochemical analysis and HPTLC of n-hexane, ethyl acetate and ethanol extracts showed many similarities which suggest that small branches may have nearly similar active potency like heartwood and may be used as a substitute of heartwood after comparison and confirmation of same for pharmacological activities.
How to cite this article:
Bhavana Srivastava, Vikas Chandra Sharma, Arjun Singh, R Singh and AD Jadhav. Evaluation for substitution of heartwood with small branches of Acacia catechu for therapeutic use – A comparative phytochemical approach. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2016; 5(4): 254-258.