Author(s): Binu B., Subrahmanya Padyana
Osbeckia muralis Naudin belongs to Melastomaceae family, is an endemic herb of Western Ghats. It is an erect herb which is termed as ‘Nela Nakkarika’ in Kannada, ‘Cherkulathi’ in Malayalam. The folklore practitioners are using this drug in respiratory disorder especially in cough. So, the scientific exploration for the proper identification has been carried out by using Physico chemical and Phytochemical analysis including HPTLC. The study helped to get the moisture content, Ash values, extractive values in different solvents, and HPTLC etc. The different peaks of Rf value help to identify various components. The study reports the presence of Protein, Carbohydrates, Tannins, Flavanoids, Alkaloids, Chloride, Sulphate, Potassium, Sodium. This study will help the identification of the genuine drug for the future.