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Standardisation and Quality Control for Medicinal Plants Used in Homoeopathy

Dr. P. Subramaniam & Dr. Sunil Kumar

Quality has become the order of the day; each item is strictly scrutinized in terms of quality. Pharmaceutical products are no exception. Standardisation ensures the isolation of desired ingredients in required quantity and also the effectiveness of the drugs prepared. It also enhances their acceptability in the populace.


Standardisation of medicinal plants used in homoeopathy ensure the uniformity, using modern scientific methods rationalize their use and gain wider acceptance. This is particularly important since only infinitesimal doses of active ingredients are used for manufacturing, which makes it impossible to carry out the analytical controls of finished products. Hence, the quality of medicine in homoeopathic use can be guaranteed only by proper processing of the raw materials contained in tem by implementing a quality control system.

Standardisation is particularly important for our homoeopathic system of medicine since only infinitesimal doses of active ingredients are used for manufacturing which makes it impossible to carry out the analytical controls of finished products. Hence the quality of medicine in homoeopathic use can be guaranteed only by proper processing of the raw materials. This may be achieved by following good laboratory practices in manufacturing and pharmaceutical production.

Good manufacturing practices include the location and the surroundings of the manufacturing unit, water supply, sewage disposal, storage of the raw materials, finished products and others. Certain parameters are required to maintain the quality of the homoeopathic medicines under the chemical standardisation and quality control.

The nature and the amount of bioactive metabolites are responsible for the effectiveness of the medicines prepared out of the medicinal plants. Therefore, the homoeopathic system may take the advantage of the modern sophisticated tool such as HPTLC, HPLC, Mass, NMR, GLC, IR, UV etc. to check and recheck each and every batch of the final product for its efficacy.

Here we give you the Standardisation of Desmodium gangeticum. Desmodium gangeticum has been allotted for Drug Standardisation Progrmamme at Homoeopathic Drug institute, Lucknow by Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy. HDRI has laid standards for raw drug and the finished product of Desmodium gangeticum.



Desmodium Gangeticum
Desmodium gangeticum (Linn), D.C. (family, leguminaceae), is commonly known in Hindi as sarivan, in Sanskrit as shalapani, in Tamil as pulladi. It is a small tree that grows in the forests of India and in the lower Himalayan regions. It has been used in ayurveda as a medicine for vomiting, fever, dropsy, ulcer, cough, and respiratory disorders and worm infestation. It is one of the principal ingredients of dashamula which is used as a remedy for many diseases namely asthma, typhoid and fever.

As a homoeopathic medicine fever, headache, meningitis fall within the range of its curative influence (Dr. A.C. Bahadur, Boericke, 1991).

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