ARQ ZEERA: PREPARATION, ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
Shruti Shah* and Sonali Patil
The study of standardization of herbal drugs depends on reliable, specific & sensitive quality control method used in a combination of classical & modern instrumental method. The present work involves standardization of Arq Zeera in order to assess the quality. Dried raw materials like, fruit, stem are used in Arq Zeera formulation. All ingredients were powdered. As a mean of quality control parameter, the plant powders used in the formulations were confirmed with the help of monographs from the ICMR for the diagnostic characters using microscopic analysis.The formulation was subjected to pharmacognostic studies, physico-chemical properties, phytochemical analysis and HPLC fingerprint profile to evaluate the quality control in herbal industries. The preliminary phytochemical analysis indicated presence of alkaloids, fats and fixed oils, essential oils, glycosides, resins and saponins. HPTLC fingerprint profileof formulations showed a characteristic pinkish red band of Thymol at Rf of 0.43.
Keywords: Arq Zeera, polyherbal formulation, Unani, Standardization.
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