Preliminary phytochemical screening of selected Siddha herbal medicines.

Thomas M, Walter and Pauline, Vincent (2008) Preliminary phytochemical screening of selected Siddha herbal medicines. Siddha Papers.

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Siddha and Ayurveda are the two major Traditional Indian systems of Medicine. Siddha is widely practiced in the Tamil speaking areas of South India. Five frequently prescribed Siddha medicines (base powders – Chooranams) of herbal origin were selected and subjected to preliminary phytochemical screening. Steroids, reducing sugars, sugars, alkaloids, saponins, tannins, anthroquinones and amino acids were tested qualitatively in the selected medicines by Brinda et al. method. All the five medicines showed the presence of Tannins. Anthroquinones and steroids are not observed in any of the herbal medicines examined. Since the study was conducted in a controlled and authenticated manner, the phytochemical results can be used for the standardization of the above said medicines.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Siddha, Herbal medicines, Phytochemistry, Chooranam, Vembu, Nilavembu, Thirikadugu, Pancha kalpam, Thalisathi, Biophytum.
Subjects:Therapeutics > Complementary Therapies > Medicine, Traditional
Biomedical and Dental Materials > Polymers
Polycyclic Hydrocarbons > Steroids
Plants > Plant Components
Therapeutics > Complementary Therapies > Phytotherapy
Therapeutics > Complementary Therapies > Medicine, Traditional > Medicine, Ayurvedic
Plants > Plants, Medicinal
ID Code:2763
Deposited By:Dr Thomas M Walter
Deposited On:24 March 2008

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