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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-9

Pharmacognostical stucies on the seeds of Mulam Citrullus Lanatus (Thunb.) Mats & Nakai (Cucurbitacae)


Regional research Institute (Ay.), Govt. Central Pharmacy, Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011, India

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T R Shantha
Regional research Institute (Ay.), Govt. Central Pharmacy, Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011
India
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In the Siddha system of Medicine cotyledons of the seeds of C. Lanatus are known as Mulam/Pullum/Pitcha (Tamil) and used as Pulukolli (Vermifuge), Karpa moolikai (General tonic) and as Aanmeiperukki (Aphrodisiac). In the Ayurvedic system of Medicine seeds are said to have properties like Sheeta (cooling), Mootrala (Diuretic) and Vrshya (Aphrodisiac). The present paper deals with macro and microscopical studies, maceration, histochemical tests, solubility, physical contents, extractive values, tests for inorganic and organic constituents, U.V. and thin layer chromatographic studies.


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