Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines


Observations on the Quality of commercially manufactured Ayurvedic Decoction, Maharasnadi Kvatha.

Hygeia.J.D.Med.6 (1) 2014; 74-80

A.Radha, Jessy Sebastian, Manjima Prabhakaran and D. Suresh Kumar*

Confederation for Ayurvedic Renaissance-Keralam Ltd., KINFRA Small Industries Park, Nalukettu Road, KINFRA Park P.O., 680 309,Koratty, Trichur District, Kerala, India.


Article History: Received: 23 December 2013,  revised: 20 January 2014, accepted: 18 February 2014, Available online:3 April 2014

Plan: Ayurveda makes use of many Kvatha or hot infusions. In olden days the physician provided a handwritten recipe of the Kvatha in question and patients prepared these medicines at home. However, this tradition ended with the advent of commercial manufacture of Ayurvedic medicines in Kerala since 1902.Considering the growing popularity of Ayurveda, an attempt was made tocompare the quality of seven brands of Maharasnadi Kvatha, a formulation that is widely recommended by physicians.

Methodology: Seven brands of MaharasnadiKvatha available in the local market were procured. Their pH, total dissolved solids, sodium benzoate content, HPTLC profiles and microbial load were measured. Additionally, the presence of alkaloids, tannins, phenols, and sterols was detected qualitatively. Total tannins, alkaloids, phenols and sterols were estimated.

Outcome: The colour of the seven brands,their pH, total dissolved solids, sodium benzoate content, HPTLC profiles,microbial load and content of compound classes showed wide variation. HPTLC fingerprinting can serve as a useful technique to assess the quality of Ayurvedic medicines. The number of bands and their area percentages can serve as quality indices. Such methods can be used for improving the quality of Ayurvedic medicines.

Keywords: Ayurveda, Quality control, hot infusion, HPTLC

For Correspondence: dvenu21@yahoo.com

Rid: D-2044-2014  

Citation: A.Radha, Jessy Sebastian, Manjima Prabhakaran and D. Suresh Kumar. Observations on the Quality of commercially manufactured Ayurvedic Decoction, Maharasnadi Kvatha. Hygeia.J.D.Med 2014; 6(1):74-80. Available from http://www.hygeiajournal.com / Article ID- Hygeia.J.D.Med/124/14.D.O.I: 10.15254/H.J.D.Med. 6.2014.124


            Figure 1: Chromatogram at 254 nm                                        Figure 2: Chromatogram at 366 nm                                     
            Tracks T1- T7 represents samples  of                                   
Tracks T1- T7 represents samples of 
            Maharasnadi Kvatha 1-7.respectively                                   Maharasnadi Kvatha 1-7.respectively                                                                                                                                                                      


  Figure 3: Overlain chromatograms of the seven samples of 
                      Maharasnadi Kvatha  at 254 nm 

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