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B Pharm Herbal Drug Technology PDF Notes

B Pharm Herbal Drug Technology PDF Notes ditches the sterile lab and takes you on a botanical adventure! Forget synthetic pills and unlock the secrets of healing hidden within nature's treasure trove. Imagine transforming grandma's soothing chamomile tea into a science-backed remedy, or harnessing the power of turmeric to fight inflammation like a modern-day herbal warrior. We'll be dissecting leaves and roots like detectives, unlocking their chemical secrets and understanding how they work their magic on a cellular level. Think of it as learning the language of plants, where ginger whispers secrets of nausea relief and echinacea boasts immune-boosting powers. So, grab your metaphorical magnifying glass (or at least a t-shirt that says "Plant Whisperer"), unleash your inner herbal alchemist, and prepare to be amazed by the science lurking beneath the petals.

B Pharm Herbal Drug Technology Notes
B Pharm Herbal Drug Technology Notes


This subject gives the student the knowledge of basic understanding of herbal drug industry, the quality of raw material, guidelines for quality of herbal drugs, herbal cosmetics, natural sweeteners, nutraceutical etc. The subject also emphasizes on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), patenting and regulatory issues of herbal drugs

Objectives: Upon completion of the subject student shall be able to

  • Understand raw material as source of herbal drugs from cultivation to herbal drug product

  • Know the WHO and ICH guidelines for evaluation of herbal drugs

  • Know the herbal cosmetics, natural sweeteners, nutraceuticals

  • Appreciate patenting of herbal drugs, GMP

B Pharm Herbal Drug Technology PDF Notes

Unit 1

Herbs as raw materials

Definition of herb, herbal medicine, herbal medicinal product, herbal drug preparation Source of Herbs Selection, identification and authentication of herbal materials Processing of herbal raw material

Biodynamic Agriculture

Good agricultural practices in cultivation of medicinal plants including Organic farming. Pest and Pest management in medicinal plants: Biopesticides/Bioinsecticides.

Indian Systems of Medicine a) Basic principles involved in Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy

b) Preparation and standardization of Ayurvedic formulations viz Aristas and Asawas, Ghutika,Churna, Lehya and Bhasma.

Unit 2


General aspects, Market, growth, scope and types of products available in the market. Health benefits and role of Nutraceuticals in ailments like Diabetes, CVS diseases, Cancer, Irritable bowel syndrome and various Gastro intestinal diseases. Study of following herbs as health food: Alfaalfa, Chicory, Ginger, Fenugreek, Garlic, Honey, Amla, Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Spirulina

Herbal-Drug and Herb-Food Interactions

General introduction to interaction and classification. Study of following drugs and their possible side effects and interactions: Hypercium, kava-kava, Ginkobiloba, Ginseng, Garlic, Pepper & Ephedra.

Unit 3

Herbal Cosmetics

Sources and description of raw materials of herbal origin used via, fixed oils, waxes, gums colours, perfumes, protective agents, bleaching agents, antioxidants in products such as skin care, hair care and oral hygiene products.

Herbal excipients

Herbal Excipients – Significance of substances of natural origin as excipients – colorants, sweeteners, binders, diluents, viscosity builders, disintegrants, flavors & perfumes.

Herbal formulations

Conventional herbal formulations like syrups, mixtures and tablets and Novel dosage forms like phytosomes

Unit 4

Evaluation of Drugs

WHO & ICH guidelines for the assessment of herbal drugs Stability testing of herbal drugs.

Patenting and Regulatory requirements of natural products

a) Definition of the terms: Patent, IPR, Farmers right, Breeder’s right, Bioprospecting and Biopiracy

b) Patenting aspects of Traditional Knowledge and Natural Products. Case study of Curcuma & Neem.

Regulatory Issues

Regulations in India (ASU DTAB, ASU DCC), Regulation of manufacture of ASU drugs - Schedule Z of Drugs & Cosmetics Act for ASU drugs.

Unit 5

General Introduction to Herbal Industry

Herbal drugs industry: Present scope and future prospects. A brief account of plant based industries and institutions involved in work on medicinal and aromatic plants in India.

Schedule T – Good Manufacturing Practice of Indian systems of medicine

Components of GMP (Schedule – T) and its objectives Infrastructural requirements, working space, storage area, machinery and equipments, standard operating procedures, health and hygiene, documentation and records


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