Quality assessment of Achyranthas aspera Linn. seed

Neerja Rani, Surendra Kumar Sharma, Neeru Vasudeva


Achyranthas aspera Linn. (Amaranthaceae) seeds were studied to determine the various parameters for pharmacognostical standards. The whole plant of A. aspera is reported to have good medicinal values in traditional systems of medicine. The present paper deals with pharmacognostical examination of morphological and microscopical characters and physic-chemical investigations of seeds including determination of loss on drying, ash values, extractives values, foreign organic matter, crude fiber content, and hemolytic activity. The preliminary phytochemical screening, elemental analysis, microbial contamination of powdered drug, were also carried
out. High performance thin layer chromatography profile developed for the seeds was to aid in identification of the drug and also in isolating and identifying the biomarker compound responsible for the bioactivity.
Key words: Achyranthas aspera, amaranthaceae, apamarg, elemental analysis

Full Text:



Anonymous. Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia. Ministry of Health and

Family Welfare. New Delhi: Controller of Publication; 1996.

Kirtikar KR, Basu BD. Indian Medicinal Plants. Allahabad: Lalit

Mohan Basu Prakashan; 1991. p. 2066-8.

Dev S. Prime Ayurvedic Plant Drugs. New Delhi: Anamaya

Publishers; 2006. p. 43-4.

O’Bren T, Feder N, Mc Cull ME. Polychromatic staining of plant

cell walls by toluidine blue-O. Protoplasma 1964;59:364-73.

Trease GE, Evans WC. Text Book of Pharmacognosy. London:

Saunders; 2002. p. 523-5.

WHO. Quality control methods for medicinal plants. Geneva:

World Health Organisation; 2005.

Kokate CK. Practical Pharmacognosy. New Delhi: Vallabh

Prakashan; 1994. p. 107-13.

Sethi PD. High performance thin layer chromatography. New

Delhi: CBS Publishers; 1996.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22377/ijgp.v6i1.230


  • There are currently no refbacks.