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Published on:02 Aug 2010
Pharmacognosy Journal, 2010; 2(12):464-469
Research Article | doi:Nill

HPTLC Finger Print Profile of Dried Fruit of Physalis alkekengi Linn.

Authors and affiliation (s):

Rasheed NMA1 Shareef MA1 Mushtaq Ahmad1 Gupta VC1 Shamsul Arfin2 Shamshad AK2

1Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine, Opp.E.S.I. Hosptial, A.G. Colony Road, Erragaddda, Hyderabad-500038, India.

2Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, 61–65 Institutional area, Janakpuri, New Delhi-110058, India.


Dried fruit of Physalis alkekengi Linn. (Fam. Solanaceae) is called as Kaknaj in the Unani system of medicine and used as diuretic, antiseptic, corrective of liver and sedative. Standardization of this drug is the key factor in regulating the therapeutic efficacy. Organoleptic parameters are not enough in establishing the standards of herbal drugs. Instrumental analysis of herbal drugs, which gives a more concrete picture regarding the qualitative and quantitative aspects of bioactive molecules, is widely accepted in the quality assessment of herbal drugs. However, such work related to traditional herbal medicines is lacking or in infantile stage. In the present study, morphological and physicochemical parameters and HPTLC finger print studies of Physalis alkekengi have been carried out and the results provide referential information for standardization.

Key words: Fluorescence analysis, HPTLC analysis, Physicochemical parameters.


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