Pharmacological and phytochemical study of Haridra in Maharashtra state with special reference to Desh Vichar

  • Vd. Darshana Mishra Final Year M.D. Scholar, Department of Dravya Guna, Smt. K.G. Mittal P. Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Charni Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, INDIA.
  • Vd. Balaji Sawant Professor and HOD, Department of Dravya Guna, Smt. K.G. Mittal P. Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Charni Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, INDIA.
  • Vd. Janhavi Alwe Assistant Professor, Department of Dravya Guna, Smt. K.G. Mittal P. Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Charni Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Keywords: Haridra, Curcuma longa Linn., Desh Vichar, Phyto-Constituents, Pharmacognosy, Maharashtra

Abstract

Haridra (Curcuma Longa Linn.) has been well documented in Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeias which includes Samhita (treatise), Nighantus (lexicons), Chikitsagrantha (compendia of Ayurveda). It provides a collective information regarding Haridra, its morphological characters, properties and actions, from Nighantu, Samhita, analysis of Haridra rhizome as per Desh Vichar (different geographical conditions). It reveals Haridra actions on Sthaulya (obesity). The article reveals its synonyms, botanical description, pharmacognosy and its different pharmacotherapeutic actions. Indication in various diseases as per Samhitas and Nighantu. Importance of different geographical conditions remains untouched, so an attempt was made for analysis of rhizome from three different regions of Maharashtra and to notice the changes in its percentage of composition.

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