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PHARMACOGNOSTICAL RESEARCH
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 550-553

Identification of fruits of Tribulus terrestris Linn. and Pedalium murex Linn.: A pharmacognostical approach


1 Senior Lecturer, Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
2 Assistant Professor, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Jignesh Kevalia
Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, A. K. Jamal Building, Gurunanak Road, Jamnagar - 361008. Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.96132

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Gokshura is a well-known Ayurvedic drug that is used in many preparations. Botonically it is identified as Tribulus terrestris Linn., especially the roots and fruits of the plant. But instead the fruits of another plant Pedalium murex Linn. are commonly used and the drug is frequently substituted. Pharmacognostical study has been carried out to identify the distinguishing features, both morphological and microscopic, of the fruits of Tribulus terrestris Linn. and Pedalium murex Linn. This knowledge should help reduce the problem of substitution of the genuine drug.


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