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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 255-256

Microscopic profile of drugs used in indian system of medicine (volume 3 - seed drugs - Part I and II)

Department of Phytochemistry, Medical Research Centre, Kasturba Health Society, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication11-Dec-2014

Correspondence Address:
Suparna S De
Medical Research Centre, Kasturba Health Society, 17 Khandubhai Desai Road, Ville Parle (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 056
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DOI: 10.4103/2347-9906.146808

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De SS, Amonkar AJ. Microscopic profile of drugs used in indian system of medicine (volume 3 - seed drugs - Part I and II) . J Obes Metab Res 2014;1:255-6

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De SS, Amonkar AJ. Microscopic profile of drugs used in indian system of medicine (volume 3 - seed drugs - Part I and II) . J Obes Metab Res [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Oct 16];1:255-6. Available from: https://www.jomrjournal.org/text.asp?2014/1/4/255/146808

Editors : Malati G. Chauhan, A.P.G. Pillai (Part I); Malati G. Chauhan,

Jignesh K. Kevalia (Part II)


Malati G. Chauhan, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat,

India (Part I); Malati G. Chauhan, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (Part II)

Pages : 26 + 165 (Part I); 26 + 303 (Part II)

Year : 2011 (Part I); 2014 (Part II)

Price : Rs. 1200/-, US$ 60/- (Part I); 1000/-, US$ 50/- (Part II)

With the increasing number of drug withdrawals and the pipeline for new synthetic drugs coming into the market getting dry, the interest of the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry is growing towards herbal medicines. The herbs and herbal product market is globally growing at a fast pace. India, with its various traditional systems of medicines like Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy, etc., has a lot to offer to the world.

However, the biggest challenge that lies before us is the proper identity and authenticity of medicinal plant parts like stems, barks, seeds, leaves, roots, which are used as raw materials. Realizing the importance of this, Dr. Malati Chauhan along with Shri A.P.G Pillai had published books on Microscopic Profile of Drugs Used in Indian Systems of Medicine viz. (a) Volume 1 - Bark Drugs and (b) Volume 2 - Stem Drugs. In 2011, they published Volume 3 - Seed drugs (Part I). Now in 2014, Dr. Malati Chauhan along with Jignesh K. Kevalia has come up with the Part II of this Volume 3 (Seed Drugs).

Dr. Malati Chauhan, an expert pharmacognosist, is a founder member of Academy of Ayurveda Development and Research, Gujarat and was the Dean of Institute of Medicinal Plant Sciences and Head of Pharmacognosy Department, Gujarat.

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In the introduction, they have broadly covered all the basic information related to seeds. This includes different parts of the seeds, their characteristics, their functions and various histochemical tests. The interesting thing what the undergraduate students will find in this introduction part is the family characteristics of the selected important seeds. One very important aspect which the authors have covered in this book is the Shodhana i.e processing of poisonous seeds like Dhatura, Vridhadaruka, etc. as mentioned in Ayurveda. One has to be careful and vigilant regarding purification/detoxification procedure (Shodhana), before using the seeds for the extraction process.

The monographs of 70 seeds belonging to categories of oil seeds, carbohydrate rich seeds, medicinally reputed seeds, have been covered. The monographs have briefly and precisely covered the vernacular names of seeds, their macroscopic and microscopic characteristics, characteristics of seed powder along with the chemical constituents, and uses of the seed. Colored clear diagrams, supporting this information, help the reader to understand the things better.

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As most of the basics regarding the seeds had already been covered in the Part-I of the book, here, the authors have touched upon the classification of seeds and the family characteristics of seeds, other than those in Part-I. Monographs in this are more elaborate ones where commercial trade names and formulations of the seed (if available), habit and habitat of the plant, as well sections of cotyledons along with their diagram, have been included.

Leguminous seeds being one of the largest family containing economically and medicinally important seeds; the authors have mentioned the important microscopical characters of these seeds, toward the end of this book.

The authors have been very thoughtful and creative in designing the index of the book. Searching for a particular plant's monograph in a book has always been a tiring and tough task in case of many books. Many a times the reader may be aware of the name of the plant in a particular language but may be unaware with its botanical name. In this book, besides providing the reader with the separate index to Botanical names, Sanskrit names, the authors have also provided a separate index where the names are mentioned in different Indian languages. As the book is in two parts, there is an index where plants are classified based on their family and the part of the book in which their monograph is available.

Different moutants, clearing and histochemical reagents have been mentioned as an Appendix, at the end of this book.

Reviewers recommend all the researchers interested in herbal drugs should go through this book that reveals the important aspects which are to be taken care of before working on the seeds of the plants, especially poisonous seeds.


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