AYU (An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda)

PHARMACOGNOSTICAL RESEARCH
Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 398--401

Pharmacognostical study of Tamalaki (Phyllanthus fraternus Webster), a herb used in Tamaka-svasa


Binay Sen1, SD Dubey2, K Tripathi3 
1 Lecturer, Department of Agada Tantra and Vidhi Ayurveda, Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Ex-Professor, Department of Dravyaguna, Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
3 Professer, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Correspondence Address:
Binay Sen
Lecturer, Department of Agadatantra and Vidhi Ayurveda, Govt. Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Varanasi-02, Uttar Pradesh
India

Tamalaki is a herbacious medicinal plant, described in Ayurvedic texts in many occurrences with different properties, actions, uses and synonyms, supposed to indicate more than one species commonly used in practice. Modern scholars mostly suggest Phyllanthus fraternus Webster (syn. P. niruri Linn.), P. amarus Schum. and Thonn. and P. urinaria Linn. as the source plants of Tamalaki. In this study, an attempt has been made to designate P. fraternus as the source plant of Tamalaki used in the treatment of Tamaka-svasa (Bronchial asthma) and other respiratory disorders by analyzing therapeutic uses, actions, properties, taste, synonyms as well as pharmacognostical characters. Smooth capsule, six tepals, less and short fibrous root, pentagonal outline with wing-shaped young stem are some of the specific characters observed in this species.


How to cite this article:
Sen B, Dubey S D, Tripathi K. Pharmacognostical study of Tamalaki (Phyllanthus fraternus Webster), a herb used in Tamaka-svasa.AYU 2011;32:398-401


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Sen B, Dubey S D, Tripathi K. Pharmacognostical study of Tamalaki (Phyllanthus fraternus Webster), a herb used in Tamaka-svasa. AYU [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Sep 19 ];32:398-401
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