Original Articles: 2015 Vol: 7 Issue: 6
Pharmacognostical study of Bambusaarundinacea seeds
Bambusa arundinacea family poaceae is highly reputed ayurvedic medicinal tree commonly known as bamboo. various parts of the plant such as the leaves, root, shoot and seeds possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anthelminthic, anti-ulcer, antioxidant and astringent activity. seeds are acrid ,laxative and said to be beneficial in strangury and urinary discharge. However there is lack of information about the use of seeds of bamboo. The more effective the natural drug more its demand and the chances of non-availability increases.to meet the growing demand, the natural drug is easily adulterated with low grade material. In order to ensure the use of genuine and authentic material in the herbal formulations, pharmacognostical methods of standardization of the plants has been carried out in the present work. macroscopic, microscopic and powder microscopic characters of the seeds of Bambusa arundinacea has been carried out. All these pharmacognostical studies can be used as a diagnostic tool for the correct identification.