Author(s): Pulak Majumder*
Evolving methods of standardization and establishing quality control parameters for herbal drugs calls for a well-planned approach for establishing standards and systemic evaluation of plant material using modern analytical techniques. The present work reports the standardization of this traditional herb peparomia pellucid which is widely used to treat a wide variety of ailments like Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, chemotherapeutic, broad spectrum antibiotic, refrigerant, anticancer, CNS depressant activities, lower cholesterol levels and diuretic. In Ayurveda, used as – Rasa – Katu and Madhur; Guna- Lakhu, rooksha, Teekshna; and Virya- Ushna and to passify vitiated cough, pitta, constipation, kidney diseases, urinary retention, dysuria, urinary tract infections, emaciation, edema and general weakness, gout and arthritis. The plant material was standardized based on Ayurvedic pharmacopeia and WHO guidelines. The detailed studies on pharmacognostical, phytochemical, physicochemical properties, fluorescence studies and development of TLC profile of different parts of Peperomia pellucida plant had been carried out. In this context the studies suggest a methodical approach to quantitative and qualitative evaluation of crude drug in the underground and powdered form. The limits obtained from the different physicochemical parameters of this herbal drug could be used as reference standard for standardization of this plant parts in a quality control laboratory.