Bioactive Phytochemicals: Drug Discovery to Product Development

Product Development of Herbal Medicine

Author(s): Ahmed Nawaz Khan, Chandra Kala and Javed Ahmad

Pp: 121-142 (22)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811464485120010010

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Treating diseases with medicinal plants is considered as the oldest therapeutic method that provides relief from illness to the whole humankind. In developing countries, a large group of the population have been found using phytotherapy for centuries, and still, they are following the same remedies. Preparation and compounding of one or more herbs containing phytochemicals lead to the production of finished herbal products, which are formulated from dried roots and extracts. Widespread use of these products requires quality and safety with good manufacturing practices and stringent evaluation criteria. From basic to advance, this chapter addresses the challenges and procedures ranging from harvesting, selection of plants, extraction, and formulation to the product approval by following the good agriculture, laboratory practice and good clinical practice and it would be a helpful medium for consideration during the product development period. As a whole, this chapter gives an overview to academicians, researchers, and industrial personnel for a better understanding of herbal products.

Keywords: Dosage Form, Good Manufacturing Practice, Herbal Products, Herbal Preparations, Phytochemicals, Phytoconstituents.

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