Monthly Archives: December 2013

Standardization of Herbal Drugs

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Over the last many years, herbal medicine is becoming an increasingly popular form of healthcare worldwide, as people are turning more and more to nature based treatment of physical ailments and diseases. With a remarkable rise in the consumption of plant-based medicines, more and more pharmaceutical companies are investing heavily in herbal formulations. Continue reading

HERBALS As Home Remedies

It was rightly proclaimed by Hippocrates the father of natural medicine that
“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.”

Treatment for most of the common diseases is found right there in the kitchen at home. One is his own physician and nature provides remedies for medication for minor illnesses that are very economic and safe.

The most commonly used vegetables, herbs and spices which are readily available at Home and are very useful remedies for a number of common ailments such as cold, cough, headache, pain, inflammation and minor injuries etc. Continue reading

Aloe Vera – Nature’s Miracle

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Considered a miraculous medicinal plant, Aloe Vera has been helping mankind for thousands of years. For centuries, people have relied on its unique properties to help heal and nourish the body. The Aztecs used it as a drug to treat many diseases. From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra and Christopher Columbus, all of them knew of its benefits. In more recent times, when Mahatma Gandhi was asked how he managed to have so much energy despite all his fasting, he replied that he drank Aloe Vera juice every day. Continue reading

Pesticide Residues in Herbals

Pesticides in general terms are “Plant Protection  Products”. Pesticides are used for economic reasons to maximize yields of good quality produce.Pesticides may be used deliberately by spraying, dusting the soil or cultivation and by fumigating the stored material to preempt the infestation.

On over enthusiasm of protection many use higher doses and also use it often than required. This leaves higher levels of pesticides residues in the produce. Toxic effect of Pesticides is very well known and therefore it is very imperative to monitor the pesticides residues in the material for consumption.Food and Agriculture Organization of WHO have established the permissible levels of pesticides. Continue reading

Contamination of Heavy Metals in Herbals

                    Contamination of Heavy Metals in Herbals
heavy metal is a member of a loosely defined subset of elements that exhibit metallic properties.

The term heavy metal has been called a “misinterpretation” in an International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry technical report due to the contradictory definitions. There is an alternative term “toxic metal” with reference to Herbals. Continue reading

Adulteration of herbs and their extracts

What is Adulteration of Herbs?

Adulteration is presence of substance or material other than the label claim. Adulteration may due to deliberate attempt or accidental passage / inclusion of substitution by superficially similar but commercially cheaper natural substances, substitution by exhausted drugs adulteration by artificially manufactured substitutes, inferior material or substitution with spurious inferior quality material of cheaper commercial value, addition of  vegetative matter from the same plant, addition of synthetic principles and adulteration by addition of worthless heavy materials or simply lack of knowledge. Continue reading