Pharmacognostical and phytochemical evaluation of Cassia alata Linn
Medicinal plants are basic source of medicine in Indian traditional system medicines such as Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Siddha system of medicine. Medicinal plants are commonly used in treating, curing and preventing various ailments and are considered to play a beneficial role in health. Cassia alata Linn belongs to the family Caesalpiniaceae, is the one of promising medicinal plant used to treat various type of disease. The objective of present study is used to investigate the pharmacognostical and phytochemical evaluations of Cassia alata furnish useful information about its right identity and also give the exact information of presence of secondary metabolites in it. The identification and quality standardization of the plant, it is necessary that study of anatomical features and physiochemical standards of the plant. A detailed morphological evaluation, physicochemical evaluation and phytochemical screenings are mandatory for facilitate to avoid any misidentification of the plants. For this reason, the current research consists of anatomical and structural evaluations of the leaf, stem and powder microscopy along with the assessment of physicochemical parameters, fluorescence analysis and preliminary phytochemical screening.