POWDER MICROSCOPY AND PHYTOCHEMICAL STUDIES OF AYURVEDIC SINGLE DRUG -APAMARGA (ACHYRANTHUS ASPERA LINN.)
Standardization of the crude powdered drug of Ap am arg a-(Achyranthus asp era Linn.) family Amaranth ac e ae is done. Apamarga being astringent in property is recommended to infants in colic pains and used in gonorrhea and pneumonia. The microscopic and phytochemical studies are essential to authentify this Ayurvedic preparation available in the market under various trade names. Considering this need powder microscopy, preliminary phytochemical tests, TLC and other parameters viz. foaming index, swelling index, p H, extractives, fluorescence analysis were carried out for standardization.