Original Articles: 2012 Vol: 4 Issue: 3
Pharmacognostical and phytochemical standards of Cyclea peltata.(Lam) Hook.f & Thomson Leaves
Herbs are staging a comeback and herbal renaissance is happening all over the globe. The herbal products today symbolize safety in contrast to synthetic drugs that are regarded unsafe to the human and environment. Cyclea peltata (Lam) Hook.f.&Thomson a traditional medicinal plant has been valued for its benefits in the management of diabetes and urinary disorders. The juice of leaves is applied to abscesses and decoction is given in dysentery. The decoction of the plant acts against fever and used in the treatment of asthma. The current study was therefore carried out to provide requisite pharmacognostic details about Cyclea peltata.(Lam)Hook.f.&Thomson. Pharmacognostic evaluation included examination of morphological and microscopical characters; physicochemical properties and phytochemical analysis.The powder microscopy showed the presence of epidermal trichomes, abaxial epidermal fragments, adaxial epidermis. Phytochemical screening reported the presence of alkaloids, carbohydrates, glycosides, phyto sterols compounds and proteins and aminoacids. The present study will provide the information with respect to identification and authentication of this medicinal plant.