'Avanti'- Tridax procumbens Linn
Ayurveda, the ancient science of India is derived from accumulation of experiences and observations of thousands of years. Holistic approach in formulating medicine and special Ayurvedic pharmaceutical procedures maintains the goodness of nature in herbal medicines. Avanti': Tridax procumbens Linn. is a common weed found all over India and in all hot countries. In some regions of India, wounded monkeys use the fresh macerated leaves of Tridax to cure their ailment. The man might have come to know the medicinal properties of Tridax by observing such event in nature. Tridax as a medicine is still in its infantile stage of development. It is used in raw form to treat wounds, cough, dysentery, and many other ailments . The need is to evaluate and document the said properties of Tridax, and to develop a most suitable drug preparation from it. In this work, Tridax is been characterized. Also wound healing, analgesic, hemocoagulant, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of various dosage forms of Tridax are evaluated. Different dosage forms of Tridax shows variable activity. This will be very useful to researchers and physician to develop a concept about Ayurvedic drug development.