Author(s): Radhika K Varma*, Manjusha R, Harisha CR, Shukla VJ
In Ayurvedic classical texts administration of potent psycho-physical rejuvenator formulations comes under Rasayana chikitsa which frees one of diseases, improves quality of life and delays senile degenerative changes. Eleven among the most commonly used anti-oxidant, adaptogenic potent, well established rejuvenator herbs viz., Hareetaki (Terminalia chebula Retz), Vibheetaki (Terminalia bellerica Roxb) Amalaki (Emblica officinalis Linn), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia Miers), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris Linn), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn), Tulasi (Ocimum sanctum Linn.), Haridra (Curcuma longa Linn), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata DC), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale Rosc), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa L) were administered along with unequal quantity of ghee and honey as Anupana (vehicle) to delay senile changes and reverse cataract formation in the eyes. For the first time the herbal compound in the powder form was subjected to Pharmacognstical evaluation, physico-chemical screening, phyto-chemical analysis and HPTLC studies. The presence of Scalariform vessels, Acicular crystals, Border pitted vessel, Starch grains were the characteristic features observed in the microscopy. The Phyto-chemical analysis indicated presence of alkaloids, tannins, saponins, flavonoids and glycosides.