Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2017)
Pharmacognostic and phytochemical studies on Ferula sumbul Hook. Roots
Author(s): Sonali Batra, Ashwani Kumar and Anupam Sharma
Abstract: Ferula sumbul Hook. (Syn. Ferula moschata Reinsch.) commonly called Sumbul (Hindi) or Musk root (English), has been traditionally used for relieving anxiety, as a sedative in hysteria and other nervous disorders. Various studies were carried out on F. sumbul roots to evaluate the, macroscopic, microscopic, physico-chemical characteristics and thin layer chromatography (TLC) fingerprint profile using standard procedures. Roots were observed to be cylindrical, hairy with distinct odor. Microscopic evaluation revealed prominent cork cells, parenchymatous cells, vessels, prismatic calcium oxalate crystals and starch grains. Quantitatively, mean size of vessels, starch grains and calcium oxalate crystals were determined. Further, phytochemical screening of various extracts of the roots showed the presence of triterpenoids, flavonoids, coumarins, phenols, alkaloids, proteins and carbohydrates. The study was extended to develop fingerprint thin layer chromatogram. The data compiled herein is valuable for correct identification of F. sumbul roots.
How to cite this article:
Sonali Batra, Ashwani Kumar and Anupam Sharma. Pharmacognostic and phytochemical studies on Ferula sumbul Hook. Roots. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2017; 6(4): 965-968.