PharmacoBotanical Studies on Commercial Samples of Herbal Drugs for Their Identification
Nitin Rai and Rajeev Kr. Sharma
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine April - June 2015, Vol. 10 No. 2, Pages 53-69
Herbal drugs are procured by the pharmaceutical industries and other allied manufacturers from the commercial sources. In India, herbal drug trade is well established to fetch the demand of stockholders. Herbal drugs are resourced from various channels for marketing. The drugs are subject of intentional and unintentional adulteration or substitution. To address this problem, identification exercise of herbal material at various level is essential. Genuine herbal ingredientsare the basis of quality, safe and efficacious medicines.Pharmaco-botanical studies are the tools for identification of herbal drugs. In present studies, commercial samples were collected from vendors and subjected to identification employing pharmaco-botanical tools and matching their diagnostic macro and microscopic features with established quality standards.