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Title: Pharmacognostic And Physico - Chemical Evaluation of Alpinia Galanga
Authors: Rao, P. Padma
Subramanian, P.
Prabhakar, M.
Keywords: Drug Research
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: CCRH Quarterly Bulletin Vol 27 (3)
Abstract: Alpinia galanga Sw. belonging to family Zingiberaceae is an important plant drug in Ayurveda and Unani Systems. lt forms the basic source of Mahabharivacha and Rasna in Ayurveda and as Kulanjan-e-kabir in Unani. lt is used for maintaining youthful vigour and strength. lt is a popular remedy for rheumatism, fevers, digestion, cough, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory ailments. Some indigenous plants are being tried and adopted into homoeopathic system of medicine. Alpinia galanga as well is being introduced in homoeopathy. The reddish pink tuberous rhizomes of Alpinia galanga are the officinal part. They are 2 to 4.5 cm thick, rounded with horizontal sheathy marking over surface. The cortex is often interrupted by oil canals. Starch grains densely fill in the cells of ground cortex. Fibro-vascular bundles are scattered in the cortex and more densely in the vicinity of endodermis. Sclerenchymatous fibres enclose xylem and phloem. Powder microscopic characters along with organoleptic characters are presented. Physico-chemical standards viz., ash values, moisture content, extractive values of raw drugs, constants such as weight per ml. total solids alcohol content besides TLC, HPTLC and HPLC profiles of mother tincture are given.
Appears in Collections:Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy

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