Physico-chemical Standization and Heavy Metal Analysis of Ashwagandha Churna
Satya Prakash Chaudhary, Anil Kumar Singh and K.N. Dwivedi
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Different samhitas of Ayurveda have described Ashwagandha as a very important plant in the Ayurveda and herbal medicine. In Ayurvedic medicine Ashwagandha is used in different disease like arthritis, anxiety, tumors, tuberculosis, leukoderma, bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liver disease etc. Physical and chemical analysis and detection of heavy metals finds an important place in standardization of Ayurvedic drugs in order to make its global acceptability. In present study two market samples and one sample of locally grown plant of Ashwagandha has been taken for physical and chemical analysis in terms of loss on drying, ash values, extractive values, detection of heavy metals like lead (Pb), Cadiume (Cd ), Zinc (Zn), and Mercury (Hg) etc.