Opportunities and Challenges in Development of Plant Based Therapies

Nagappa, Anantha Naik and Makhija, Inder K and Akunuri, Praneetha and Shripat, Meenakshi (2011) Opportunities and Challenges in Development of Plant Based Therapies. The Pharma Review. pp. 85-91.

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The diversity of plant based therapies is not only astonishing but are also getting popular. In this article, the safety, clinical efficacy and market potential of plant based medicinal products are discussed. A plant based product is either a formulation of crude drugs or extracts obtained out of crude drugs. It is grossly believed that the plant based remedies are either effective or not but seldom toxic. The traditional system of medicines dating ancient civilizations are the time tested evidence for the safety. Despite of all these things, the herbal therapies are challenged regarding their safety and efficacy as well. It is high time to decide upon the issues and efficacy of these products. In line with modern synthetic active pharmaceutical ingredients. However it is impractical to draw line in terms of synthetic products due to the fact, herbal medicines compose variety of phytochemicals having diverse biological effects. Despite the drawbacks some clinical trials are reported in the literature which attempts to obtain proof for safety and efficacy, trends in clinical trials of plant based products is discussed here.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Pharmacy > MCOPS Manipal > Pharmacognosy
Pharmacy > MCOPS Manipal > Pharmacy Management
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 10:58
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2012 10:58
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/3385

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