A large part of the global population is realising the valuable contribution of phytoconstituents in cosmetic formulations. There is greater awareness about the harmful effects of UA-A and UV-B radiations on the individual’s skin. Continuous exposure to sunlight leads to the production of free radicals which play havoc with the skin. Loss of elasticity, roughness, wrinkling, development of fine lines and in some acute cases even skin cancer are the resulting effects. Continue reading
Indian herbal medicine refers to the traditional medicinal system of Ayurveda which is being practiced in the country since ancient times. More than 70% of the population in rural areas depends on this form of medicine which uses medicinal plants for its preparation of herbal drugs. The percentage of population resorting to Indian herbal medicine in western countries for treatment of several diseases is also on the rise. Continue reading
Cosmetics have become an integral part of every woman’s life. In today’s times, the average male has also become conscious of his looks and appearance. More and more people are leaning towards cosmetic products that can give results sans the side effects.
Reasons for growth of the cosmetic industry
Since the times Indian women have been crowned at various beauty pageants, the cosmetic industry in India has come much into limelight. It has witnessed a steady growth over many years and the increase in fashion consciousness and purchasing power of the people is going to add to this growth momentum. Continue reading
Phytoconstituents are becoming more known for their properties of protecting the skin from ravages of environmental pollution, UV-A and UV-B radiation, weather, aging etc. These are present in herbal extracts and form the main constituents of herbal cosmetics. Various groups of phytoconstituents like,proteins, dyes, carbohydrates, tannin and many others supply nutrients essential for healthy skin or hair. Continue reading
India introduced Ayurvedic medicine to the world and today it is being practised and used globally by hundreds and millions of people. The basic ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine largely includes herbs of various types. The benefits of these innumerable herbs have been studied since ancient times and subsequently they have been used for their therapeutic properties. However, with rapid industrialization, the methods of herb cultivation and its natural environment have changed drastically. Exposure to industrial effluents and chemicals has raised issues of safety and integrity of the herbal drugs. Continue reading
India is a vast treasure house of medicinal herbs and plants which are incorporated into alternative systems of health-care like Ayurveda, Homeopathy,Naturopathy etc. Millions of people in India are followers of these systems which are practised by qualified medical practitioners.
Considering the popularity of India’s pluralistic healthcare system, the search for new clinical effects of such medicinal herbs and plants is a never ending one.Many herbal products research laboratories are carrying out extensive work on medicinal plants available in India. Various aspects like pharmacology, phytochemistry, clinical trials, formulation-research and safety studies are included in their scope of work. Continue reading
Rain showers, in most cases not only cause physical discomfort but also lead to outbreak of various water borne and other diseases. The humid climate, accumulation of stagnant waters are conducive factors for the growth of viruses. The exponential rise in their numbers is one of the main reasons for spread of diseases. Common colds and flu become rampant and along with them viral fevers, hepatitis, cholera as well as other respiratory tract infections. The body’s immune system is weak in majority of people and thus they fall prey to such outbreaks.
Juffa or Hyssop Officinalis is the herb with miraculous properties. The herb has an interesting history and finds mention in Bible. Perhaps one of the oldest herbs, Juffa was used extensively by the Israelis to keep evil spirits at bay. It was also used as an aid to boost the spirituality, to purify the body and to help in meditation. It became so popular within the Christian community that it was even used in Church as a symbol to cleanse the body and soul of all sins one had committed. Continue reading
The source of all herbal drugs is wild or cultivated plants. This source has to be cleaned of all its impurities before use, to fulfill the herbal drug requirements in various Ayurvedic colleges, Pharmacy institutes etc. There are various methods to ensure that the extent of contaminants and micro-organisms is reduced to the minimum possible level. Continue reading
Correct identification of herbs assumes great significance in growth of an industry based on safe use of top quality herbal products. It is very crucial for laboratory technicians in the dietary supplement and herbal drug industry. Its importance is also recognized by botanists, researchers, collectors of medicinal plants and students in related fields. Continue reading