Abstract
PHYTOCHEMICAL SCREENING, ANTI-OXIDANT ACTIVITY, MULTI ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS BY ICP- SPECTROSCOPY AND ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF RHIZOME EXTRACTS OF CURCUMA PSEDOMONTANA J. GRAHAM

Sanjay Jagtap*

ABSTRACT

Curcuma pseudomontana J. Graham belongs to the family Zingiberaceae, commonly known as Hill Turmeric. It is an endemic to the Western and Eastern Ghats, of peninsular India. C. pseudomontana rhizome is beneficial against leprosy, dysentery, cardiac diseases. The Savara, Bagata, Valmiki tribes of Andhra Pradesh use tuber extracts to cure jaundice and Bagata tribes use this plant for Diabetes. In present study the preliminary phytochemical study and antioxidant activity of the rhizome extracts of Curcuma psedomontana were evaluated. Phytochemical screening indicated that, rhizomes are rich in a variety of primary and secondary metabolites such as carbohydrates, alkaloids, vitamin C, vitamin E, flavonoids, phenols, glycosides and saponins. The study highlights the biochemical and ethno pharmacological significance of an endemic Curcuma psedomontana.

Keywords: endemic, hill turmeric, phytochemicals, antioxidants, ethano pharmacological.


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