The practical evaluation of phytochemicals

Author(s): Brain KR, Turner TD


Siddha system of medicine is a contemporary art of healing through rejuvenation and prevention and further this system is in practice since several thousand years before in the southern region of India. Due to its versatility siddha system gains the popularity and attains greater hikes now in recent time and it has been practiced throughout the world. When conventional medicine fails to treat chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes efficaciously and without adverse events, many people seek unconventional therapies including herbal medicine. Several siddha preparation as documented in the Vedic literature is still not explored much one such novel formulation is Vasantha Kusmakaram tablets (VKM) which comprises of the unique blend of herbs such as Myrtus caryophyllus, Piper longum, Saussurea lappa, Anacyclus pyrethrum, Glychyrrhiza glabra, Crocus sativus, Camphora officinarum, Zingiber officinale. The main aim of the present investigation is to carry out the phytochemical evaluation of the formulation VKM by qualitative phytochemical analysis. The results of phytochemical evaluation of the formulation VKM reveals the presence of bioactive phytocomponents such as steroids, triterpenoids, phenol, tanins and saponins. It is evident through various research outcome that most of the bioactive components like steroids, triterpenoids, phenol, tanins and saponins effective in controlling diabetes mellitus (DM). Hence it may conclude from the results of the present investigation that the siddha formulation VKM may be effective in management of DM due its potential therapeutic agents present in it.

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