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Pharmacognostical Studies on Leaves of Stephania japonica var. Timoriensis

International Journal of Novel Trends in Pharmaceutical Sciences,2012,2,1,39-41.
Published:February 2012
Type:Research Article
Author(s) affiliations:

M. Nishanthi1,*, P. Artharthanarieswaran2, G. Devdass2, D. Saravanan3, S. Narendiran4 and B. Vijayakumar1

1Sri Venkateswara College of Pharmacy, R.V.S Nagar, Chittoor-517127, Andhra Pradesh, India.

2Saastra College of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Varigonda, Nellore 524311, Andhra Pradesh, India.

3Ratnam Institute of Pharmacy, Pidathapolur, Nellore 524346, Andhra Pradeh, India.

4Swamy Vivekananda Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vangapally - 508 286, Andhra Pradesh, India.


Stephania japonica (Thunb). (Syn S. harnendifolia) is a species under the genus of climbers belonging to family Menispermeceae. It is used in traditional medicinal practices and is locally known as Tubuki lota or Goldua. Having high medicinal value, roots of Stephania japonica are used for treatment of fever, diarrhea, dyspepsia and urinary diseases. The alkaloid akanidine shows significant antispasmodic activity on uterine spasms. The leaves of the plant are employed in treatment of convulsions, skin diseases, cough, asthma like symptoms and kidney disorders. Even though this plant has gained scientific importance recently, there is a need for the pharmacognostic standardization. Hence, in the present work the leaf and root part of the plant were subjected to various microscopical and physical evaluations. In the microscopical studies, the different cell structures and arrangements were studied and in physical evaluation the ash values and extractive values were studied. The various pharmacognostical constants were obtained which could help in the development of a suitable monograph for the plant.

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