Abstract

Medicinal plants constitute an effective source of traditional and modern medicine. In India, about 80% of the rural population depends on medicinal herbs and/or indigenous system of medicine for primary health care.One of such traditional herb is kasani.


The Kasani, Cichoriumintybusof family Asteraceae , class Magnoliopsida, which is also known as Chicory, is well known traditional herb included in many system of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha system of medicine[1].


Kasani is extensively used in many ayurvedic and herbal formulations.For proper and effective results of such medicines,raw materials used should be of perfect parameters like its foreign matter content, total ash, acid insoluble ash, water soluble ash, its extractive value etc. as described in API.Standard parameters of Kasani are not mentioned in API[2].The present article reviews the Ayurvedic aspects of Kasani well supported by the available literature and its physico-chemical and chromatographicanalysis. Through this article, we have set perfect range of parameters of all physico-chemical and chromatographic  analysis carried out by water and alcohol extraction at Unijules pharmacy, Kalmeshwar, Nagpur.