Berberis aristata DC (Berberidaceae) is used in Indian traditional medicine. It is locally known as Chitra and Dar-Hald in Hindi, and Dar-E-Hald in Urdu, is a spinous shrub native to mountainous parts of North India and Nepal. It contains Berberine as a major constituent which is an isoquinoline alkaloid. It also contains flavanoids and other poly phenols.It is used as antibacterial, antidiarrhoeal, ophthalmic, skin diseases, diabetes mellitus, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities. From the present investigation an attempt has been made to standardize Berberis aristata by using macroscopy and microscopic characters, powder microscopy, fluorescence analysis, quantitative and physico-chemical values. The studies will provide referential information for correct identification of crude drug.
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Bairwa Ranjan, Jain Honey, Shrivastav Birendra. Standardization and phytochemical investigation of Berberis aristata. Asian J. Pharm. Ana. 2(3): July-Sept. 2012; Page 81-84.