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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 62-68

Compliance level of textual therapeutic usage of kakoli-containing formulations with ethnomedicinal survey and modern system of medicine

1 Department of Herbal Drug Technology, University Centre of Excellence in Research, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab, India
2 Regional Ayurveda Research Institute, Almora, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shobhit University, Meerut, Utter Pradesh, India
4 Multidisciplinary Research Unit, Government Medical College, Faridkot, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Parveen Bansal
University Centre of Excellence in Research, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijas.ijas_1_19

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Study Background: Roscoea purpurea (Kakoli) is a wonder plant used by Saints/Rishies since ages, however, entered the list of plants facing extinction due to enumerable reasons. Ancient texts claim very potent uses of kakoli-containing formulations, but the information is available in regional languages and hence the real usages of the plant are not well understood by scientific fraternity. Hence, it becomes important to know the real status of the mentioned therapeutic potentials as well as practiced potentials by tradomedical practitioners. Hence, the major objective of the work was to conduct the ethnomedicinal survey for intended formulations and compares it with therapeutic usage mentioned in text/modern system of medicine. Materials and Methods: A field survey was conducted in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, and Uttar Pradesh followed by discussion with 18 shopkeepers, 24 local medical practitioners, and 4 traditional healers. The information regarding usage of these formulations were recorded and compared. Results: Results showed that usage of formulations containing kakoli was highest in Himachal Pardesh and Uttrakhand. Only few clinical studies have been done by scientists on these formulations. Conclusion: The efficacy of the remedies alluded by the respondents claimed to be exact as per the Ayurvedic textual literature. This survey provides a template for scientists for further screening and research on these formulations useful in plethora of disorders.

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