PHYTOCHEMICAL STUDIES AND PHARMACOGNOSTICAL EVALUATION OF ZINGIBER CASSUMUNAR ROXB
Â Objective: Zingiber Cassumunar Roxb is a well known medicinal plant employed to cure various diseases were reported to possess good medicinal value in traditional system of medicine. The present investigation deals with microscopic, macroscopic and preliminary phytochemical investigation of rhizome to give clear standards for identification of the drug.
Method: For the microscopic evaluation, the powder was soaked in a solution of 20% chloral hydrate and then mounted on a glass slide with the help of glycerine. The mounted slides were then observed under a photographic microscope. Microscopic sections were cut by free hand sectioning.
Result: The research paper study revealed that the yellow colour inside the rhizome is the main characteristic feature. The presence of central cylinder region containing yellow coloured oleo-resin and oil cells in cortex are the main characteristic feature. The presence irregularly rounded, ovoid starch grains and oil globulues situtated inside the parenchyma are the distinguishing features and can be used as anatomical markers. Rhizome powder showed some of the characteristic features such as starch grains with a rounded shape situated at narrow end and parenchymatous cells with characteristically wrinkled wall, air spaces. Cork, cortex, cork cells, and floem fibres also shows pharmacognostical characteristics of Z. cassumunar Roxb. Preliminary phytochemical analysis of the rhizomes revealed the presence of glycosides, sterols, triterpenes, saponins, tannins, flavonoids, amino acids and volatile oils.
Conclusion:The present study signifies the use of TLC (Thin layer chromatography) profiles for determining the identity of active chemical constituents.
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