Dr. Gudi Lalitha, Dr. Dixit Renu and Dr. Reddy KV Vijaya Bhaskara
Background: Herbal medications are time tested and are known to be effective in treatment since Vedic periods. Now a days due to increased drug resistance and side effects of synthetic medications people are more inclined towards traditional systems of medicine and the global market for herbal medicines has grown exponentially. However, the major impediment is lack of proper standardization and quality control measures in manufacturing process. Hence the documentation of standard protocols to ensure drug quality, safety and efficacy is the need of the hour. The present article emphasizes the standardization of Curcuma zedoaria Rosc., which is popularly known as Amba Haldi or white turmeric. It is a perennial herb and is member of genus Curcuma and Zingiberaceae family. It is native to India and Indonesia but has also been cultivated in Europe and in the US. It was introduced to Europe by Arabs around the sixth century, but its use as a spice in the West today is extremely rare, having been replaced by ginger. The rhizome of the drug has been taken up for the present study
Aims: To evaluate pharmacognostic, phytochemical and Physiochemical analysis of Rhizome of Curcuma zedoaria Rosc.
Materials and Methods
• Macroscopic study was done based on the external appearance and organoleptic properties.
• Microscopic study of rhizome was done by free hand section cutting method of dried rhizome
• Phytochemical and Physiochemical analysis were done based on standard protocols
Results: The results obtained were compared with that of standards of API and it was found that drug was of good quality and devoid of any adulterants or impurities.
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