Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine January - March 2016, Vol. 11 No. 1, Pages 137-150
Standardization of a Unani Drug ‘Habb-e-Banafsha’
Asma Sattar Khan, R.P. Meena, Shoeb A. Ansari, Afzal Hashmi, Shams-ul-Arfin and Aminuddin
Traditional medicines are being used extensively all over the world for primary health care. Nowadays, the needy mass requires safe and efficacious herbal medicines due to their lesser side effects. Hence there is an urgent need for standardization and development of standard operative procedures (SOPs) of traditional medicine to provide the quality medicines in the market. To ensure the genuineness and quality of drug, work on evaluation of pharmacopoeial standards was carried out on Habb-e-Banafsha which is used to cure Asthma, Bronchitis & Caphalagra. The Standard Operative Procedure (SOP) for the preparation of quality medicine was developed at the laboratory scale, using botanically identified and standardized ingredients. The samples of the formulation were subjected to evaluate the pharmacopoeial parameters such as Microscopy, Physico-chemical analysis, TLC, HPTLC and WHO parameters viz. microbial contamination, pesticide residues, aflatoxins level and the presence of heavy metals to ascertain the quality of the drug.