ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: MACRO-MICROSCOPICAL EVALUATION ON PERICARP OF TERMINALIA CHEBULA RETZ. AND ITS MARKETED FORMULATIONS
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: Nartunai Govindarajan *, Susikumar Sundharamoorthy, Arunachalam Chinnapillai, Ilavarasan Raju
Abstract: The present study is to evaluate macro-microscopically the pericarp of Terminalia chebula Retz. and its marketed formulations. The fruit sample used for the study was purchased from raw drug market, Chennai. The Macro-microscopic characterization was carried by following appropriate method published by standard/official books. The plant material after cleaning and drying properly powdered and passed through sieve No.80 for powder microscopic study. The mounting and staining were carried out by standard methods of prescribed books. Sections were observed and reported as per guidelines and photographed under different magnifications with the help of Fluorescence microscopic unit (Olympus BX51) fitted with camera. The marketed formulations of tablets and Curna comply macro-microscopically with the Pharmacopoieal standards. Pegged fibres, tannin containing cells, starch grains, rosette and cluster crystals of calcium oxalate, sclereides are of various size and shape, abundant stone cells with narrow lumen and branched pits (ramiform) through thick cell wall and vessels with spiral, pitted and reticulate thickenings are the unique diagnostic characters observed under microscope. The study sets the specific macro-microscopic protocols for standardization of the pericarp of Terminalia chebula Retz. and its marketed formulations.
Keyword: Terminalia chebula, Haritaki, Kadukai, Macro-microscopy, Market survey