Author(s): Bhagwati Prasad Nagar, Vandana Garg Dutt, Anju Dhiman *
Asparagus racemosus is herbaceous perennial plant. It is the most important rasayana herb in Ayurvedic medicine which grow in low forest areas throughout India. Their medicinal usage has been reported in the Indian and British Pharmacopoeias and in indigenous systems of medicine. A. racemosus plant contain steroidal saponins, isoflavones, asparagamine and polysaccharides, which play a major role in treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery. The plant also has potent antioxidant, antitussive, immunostimulant, antidyspepsia, galactogogue also as antiulcers and anticancer activity. The present article provides pharmacognostical and physico-chemical details of the root tubers of A.racemosus. This helps in laying down standardisation and phamacopoeial parameter.