Journal of Applied and Natural Science 2(1):165-181(2010)
A review on scientific technologies in practice to innovate plant based molecules and to improve herbal drug quality to overcome health problems
K.K. Gupta1, G. Khandelwal1, G. Prasad1, A.K. Chopra2 and A. Mishra1
1Department of Botany and Microbiology, Gurukula Kangri University, Haridwar-249404 (Uttarakhand), India
2Department of Zoology and Environment Science, Gurukula Kangri University, Haridwar-249404 (Uttarakhand), India
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Abstract : Medicines obtained from drug plants and other sources are commonly called traditional medicines. They have played an important role in the treatment of several human diseases since ancient times. India possessed a great wealth of traditional health care system known as Ayurveda related to the use of plant species. The global market of herbal drugs has a great potential around the world. Demand of plant based medicines is also increasing among western countries because of a general consideration that most allopathic drugs are associated with more or less side effects. Many pharmaceutical companies are now manufacturing Ayurvedic phytopharmaceutical products. However, enough efforts have not been made to get suitable substitute of modern allopathic medicines from these traditionally used drug plants and herbal drugs. This traditional system of healthcare in India still needs extensive evidence-based scientific researches in promoting its therapies. This review paper deals with modern scientific approaches to find out new plant based molecules and to develop new technologies in a continuous process and should be applied in the practice to improve the quality of herbal drugs in Indian pharmaceutical industries. Critical assessment of quality assurance including researches on pharmacognosy, chemistry, pharmacology, antimicrobial activity and clinical studies carried out on various Ayurvedic medicinal plants are also being presented.
Keywords : Scientific technologies, Plant based molecules, Herbal drug, Health