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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 99-110

Standardisation and Quality Evaluation of Centella asiatica Linn.

1 Regional Research Institute (Ayu),CCRAS, Kothrud, Pune, India
2 Department of Botany, University of Pune, Pune, India

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G.V.R. Joseph
Regional Research Institute (Ayu),CCRAS, Kothrud, Pune
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Centella asiatica  Linn. Is a well-known medicinal herb used in various types of diseases, it was noticed that the herb is being heavily adulterated with the cheaper substances. A critical stud of the authentic and maker samples (available in powder for) s carried out to study current status of the drug in the local market. Powder analysis of the market samples shoes fragments of sclerenchymatous net, which is a characteristic feature of some umbelliferous fruits. Occurrence of prismatic crystals of calcium oxalate and large number of starch grains shows that the powdered materials are heavily adulterated with some cheaper substances. Fluorescence analysis of authentic and market samples exhibits 23.28% and 12.34% -18.13% respectively and there is a difference in curde fibre content also. Moreover there is remarkable difference in the quantitative value of Asiatic acid (3.25% - 0.12%) which is one of the chief constituents of C. asiatica.

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