M. A. Rashid*, R. H. Zuberi
Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine (RRIUM),
Aligarh, UP, India
The fruit of Illicium verum Hook. f. of family Magnoliaceae has been utilized therapeutically as medicine as well as a spice. It is used to relieve a number of human ailments, owing to its properties as carminative, stimulant and appetizer. In order to set the quality standards, the market sample of the drug has been identified and standardized on the basis of Pharmacopoeial parameters, such as salient macro and microscopic characters, ash values, solubility, successive extractive values, thin layer chromatographic evaluations and U.V. spectroscopic analysis. Besides qualitative and quantitative estimations, fluorescence analysis of powdered drug has also been carried out in order to set standards for the crude drug.