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Abstract

Botanical identity and phytochemistry of a commercial drug-jungle pepper.

Author(s): E Sukumar, CM Erande, V Chelladurai, SU Ali
Captain Srinivasa Murti Drug Research Institute for Ayurveda (CCRAS), Arumbakkam, Madras-600 106,

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E Sukumar Captain Srinivasa Murti Drug Research Institute for Ayurveda (CCRAS), Arumbakkam, Madras-600 106

The botanical identity of the commercial drug sold under the name jungle pepper in the madras crude drug market has been determined as Vitex pubescens Vahl. A detailed phytochemical investigation of this drug gave five compounds, viz., n-octacosanol, ursolic acetate, stigmasterol, Beta-sitosterol and ursolic acid.