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PHARMACOGNOSTIC, PHYTOCHEMICAL AND HPTLC PROFILE OF THEV DHANTU [PETIOLE OF COLOCASIA ESCULENTA (LINN.) SCHOTT.]

Dr. Niyathi*, Dr. Chaithra Hebbar, Dr. Suma V. Mallya, Dr. Mohammed Faisal and Suchitra Narayan Prabhu

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Introduction: Ayurveda always emphasizes on utility of local flora in treatment. It also advices to know about the plant completely with respect to its identity, property and various therapeutic benefits including safety before prescribing it to a patient. Methods: Colocasia esculenta (Linn.) Schott. belonging to the family Araceae is believed to be one of the earliest available plants common in Udupi, called Thev dhantu in Tulu language and used very frequently in traditional medicine to treat Otalgia, Otorrhoea, Adenitis, Internal haemorrhage, Hepatomegaly etc., thus proper identification is very important. Results: The Pharmacognostical study will help to standardize its identification and some of the important diagnostic features of the plant. Preliminary phytochemical studies revealed the presence of several phyto-constituents which helps in characterization of the drug. Discussion: The study will help the practitioners to get the genuine drug and best outcome in their practice.

Keywords: Colocasia esculenta (Linn.) Schott., Pharmacognostic study, Preliminary phytochemical investigations, Standardization.


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