Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine January - March 2015, Vol. 10 No. 1, Pages 95-103
Standardization of Unani Drug Post-e-Anar (Fruit rind of Punica granatum L.)
Nazish Siddiqui, M. Masihuzzaman Ansari, Alvia Khan, Mohd. Bilal Tafseer, Saba Viquar and Abdul Haleem
The peel of fruit or fruit rind of Punica granatum L. is used as herbal drug. In Unani medicine it has been used to cure many ailments and known as Post-e-Anar. It is anti-oxidant, anti-cancerous, anti inflammatory and anti- allergic. But its standardization has not been done so far, so keeping in mind the medicinal properties of Post-e-Anar, its diagnostic characters has been identified by following the modern scientific quality control procedures. The study provides organoleptic, physico-chemical and thin layer chromatographic profile which will be helpful in laying down the standards and pharmacopoeial parameters. The qualitative screening for phytochemicals was carried out to facilitate desirable therapeutic efficacy. Besides this, novel Infra-red (IR) spectral study of rind extract has also been conducted by recording the IR spectrum of the extract, which can be used as fingerprints for identity of drug Post-e-Anar.