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Title: Pharmacognostic and phytochemical investigations on the bark of Moringa oleifera Lam.
Authors: Sholapur, Hasan Pasha N
Patil, Basanagouda M
Keywords: Moringa oleifera;Horseradish tree;Drumstick tree;Bark;Macroscopy;Microscopy;Fluorescence analysis;Phytochemical
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. cl. (2011.01)−A61K 36/00
Abstract: Moringa oleifera Lam. belonging to the Moringaceae family is a highly valued plant, distributed in many countries of the tropics and subtropics. It’s some of the common names include Horseradish tree, Drumstick tree, Benzolive tree, Shajna, Nugge mara and Sigru. The bark is widely used as emmenagouge, rubefacient, anticancerous, antitubercular, antifungal, cardiac and circulatory stimulant. It is necessary to ascertain the authenticity of this crude drug when it is used for therapeutic purpose. Hence, the present study was under taken for systematic pharmacognostical evaluation of the bark of the plant with respect to macroscopy, microscopy and physico-chemical parameters. The TLC profile was developed for petroleum ether and ethanolic extract of the bark. Preliminary phytochemical investigation indicated the presence of carbohydrates, triterpenoids, isothiocynate glycosides, tannins and steroids. These established parameters could be used in identification and authentication of the crude drug.
Page(s): 96-101
ISSN: 0976-0512 (Online); 0976-0504 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJNPR Vol.4(1) [March 2013]

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