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Pharmacognosy Journal, 2009; 1(1):56-63
Research Article | doi:Nill

Evaluation and Identification of Meda and Mahameda to Common Substitutes and Adulterants In the Crude Drug Markets of India

Authors and affiliation (s):

Rath Chinmay*, Kumari Suman# , Dhar Bishnupriya#, Mohanty RC##, Tiwari RK# Padhi MM#,
Lavekar GS#

# Central Council For Research In Ayurveda & Siddha, Dept. of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Janakpuri, New
## Dept.of Botany, Utkal University, Vani Bihar, Bhubaneswar, Orissa


Meda (Polygonatum verticiilatum (L.) Alt.) and Mahameda (Polygonatum cirrifolium (Wall.) Royle) are described as Astavargha group of drugs having antioxidant and anti-ageing effect in ancient texts of ayurveda but the botanical identity of Meda and Mahameda are controversial and different plant species are being used or sold in the name of Meda and Mahameda in different parts of India. In present paper efforts have been made to lay down pharmacopoeial characters and to identify botanical identity of market samples by comparing with genuine drugs.

Key words : Macroscopy, Microscopy, Thin Layer Chromatography, Physico-chemical evaluation.


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