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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 181-187

Analysis of Phenolic acids in Different Market Samples of Vidanga (False black pepper)

1 Lecturer, Faculty of Ayurveda, Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Ayurveda & Research, Navi Mumbai, India
2 Dean, Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
3 Plant Pathology Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
4 Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Ayurveda and Research, Navi Mumbai & Institute of Medical Sciences, B.H.U., Varanasi., India

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Shraddha U Nayak
Lecturer, Faculty of Ayurveda, Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Ayurveda & Research, Navi Mumbai
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Vidanga (Embelia ribes Linn, Myrsinaceae) is a promising medicinal plant of high medicinal value documented in Ayurvedic classics, traditional Indian medicine. It is said to be the best against human pathogens. It is observed that in the crude drug market, substitutes and adulterants are commonly seen because of non-availability of genuine drug. Therefore, a market survey of Vidanga was done for the available species. Astonishingly it was seen that Embelia robusta Roxb. was found instead of E. ribes which is the botanically accepted species. Samples of Vidanga were collected from different parts of India and Pakistan, which were then subjected to HPLC analysis for the presence of phenolic acids. The analysis revealed higher level of phenolic acids in E.ribes than E.robusta, particularly cinnamic acid which is highly anthelmintic.

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