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Physicochemical Standardization of Safoofe Deedan – A Unani Anthelmintic Powder

Waris Ali, *Hamiduddin, Abdullah Tauheed and R. Zaman

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine April - June 2015, Vol. 10 No. 3, Pages 75-83


Present study has been designed to study Safoofe Deedan on certain physicochemical parameters in order to determine its quality standards. The method mentioned in National Formulary of Unani Medicine (NFUM) Part II was followed for the preparation of Safoofe Deedan. Physicochemical parameters such as organoleptic properties, powder characterization, extractive value, ash value, loss of weight on drying at 105°C pH value and TLC were investigated.

Physicochemical and powder characterization standards were set in. Non successive extractive values were found to be 4.02±0.1129, 6.13±0.200, 15.42±0.3645 and 11.00±0.44090 in petroleum ether, chloroform, ethyl alcohol and water, respectively. Total ash, water soluble ash and acid insoluble ash were determined to be 5.80±0.0288, 2.21±0.1424 and 1.39±0.0781. Loss of weight on drying was 2.033±0.03712 and the pH at 1% and 10% solution was recorded to be 6.74±0.04842 and 6.04±0.0318, respectively. R value was calculated from TLC profile which has been shown in Table 6. These findings may be used to determine the quality of Safoofe Deedan.

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