Pharmacognostical Profiles of Triphala Masi Prepared at Different Levels of Temperature
Keywords:Black ash, Masi, Pharmacognosy, Pyrolysis, Temperature, Triphala
Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation consisting of dried pericarp of three medicinal plants Terminalia chebula Retz., Terminalia bellerica Roxb.Â andÂ Emblica officinalis Gaertn. Masi (Black ash) prepared from this combination is of great use. No pharmacognostical profiles are available on Triphala Masi till date. So the same is attempted in current study. Aim: To evaluate pharmacognostical profiles of Triphala Masi prepared at three different levels of temperature. Materials and Methods: Tripahla Masi was prepared at three different levels of temperature and samples were coded as TM 1, TM 2 and TM 3 and further subjected for pharmacognostical profiles. Results: Loosened walls of epicarp cells were observed in TM 1 sample prepared at 3000C; showed that these cells sustained up to this temp. At 3500C, epicarp cells in the sample TM 2 were seen disturbed. But when heat was increased up to 4000C, only black mass was observed in TM 3 sample. Conclusion: Based on pharmacognostical observations, 4000C temperature is required for preparation of Triphala Masi.
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