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Pharmacognostic and Phytochemical Evaluation of Roots of Eclipta prostrata.

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Author(s): Ambika Sharma*, Mittal Arun, Aggarwal Sushma, Gupta Anil Kumar, Sardana Satish.

Journal: Journal of Pharmacy Research
ISSN 0974-6943

Volume: 4;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 1673;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Eclipta prostrata | Pharmacognostic studies | Physicochemical parameters | Chemoprofiling.

ABSTRACT
Herbs are staging a comeback and have stood the test of time for their safety, efficacy, cultural acceptability and fewer side effects. Eclipta prostrata Linn. [Asteraceae] popularly known as “Bhringaraj” is a herb with a worldwide distribution. Extensive studies have been carried out to substantiate its various claimedpharmacologic activities. Present communication records the Pharmacognostic evaluation like Macroscopic and Microscopic characters, Extractive values, Moisture content, Volatile oil content, Ash value, Crude Fibre content, Bitterness value, Foaming Index and Swelling Index under Phsico-chemical parameters.Phyto-chemical investigations on this plant reveal the presence of Carbohydrates, Amino acids, Steroids, Saponins, Alkaloids, Flavonoids, Phenolic compound and Tannins. Chemo-profiling of Ethanolic extract of roots has also been carried out.

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