Herbal drug development and standardization // Drug Repurposing

Herbal drug development and standardization

S. R. Parakh

In the last few decades there has been an exponential growth in the field of herbal medicine. It is getting popularized in developing as well as in developed countries owing to its natural origin and lesser side effect.

In olden times, vaidyas used to treat patients on individual basis, and prepare drug according to the requirement of the patient. But the scenario has changed now; herbal medicines are being manufactured on the large scale in Pharmaceutical units, where manufacturers come across many problems such as availability of good quality raw material, authentication of raw material, availability of standards, proper standardization methodology of single drugs and formulation, quality control parameters.

Ayurveda emphasis the relationship between man and plants throughout the development of human culture. The use of herbal medicine due to toxicity and side effects of allopathic medicines, has led to sudden increase in the number of herbal drug manufactures.1 Herbal medicines as the major remedy in traditional system of medicine have been used in medical practices since antiquity.V.V.Chopade The practices continue today because of its biomedical benefits as well as place in cultural beliefs in many parts of world and have made a great contribution towards maintaining human health.2

World Health Organization (WHO) has defined herbal medicines as finished labeled medicinal product that contain active ingredients, aerial or underground parts of the plant or other plant material or combinations.3

In almost all the traditional system of medicine, the quality control aspect has been considered from its inspection of itself Rishis, Vaidyas and Hakims. However, in modern concept it require necessary changes in their approach by that way concrete method of quality control in terms development of modern methodologies. Thus today quality assurance is thrust area for the evaluation of traditional used medicinal plants and herbal formulation.

Satish A. Polshettiwar S. B. Chepurwar

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