This course will help pharmacy students to develop skills and knowledge concerning handling and authentication of medicinal plants either in entire or powdered forms. The course includes methods for detection and identification of natural drugs, especially leaves, flowers, seeds, barks and woods both macro- and micro-morphologically. It gives the students the required knowledge about the chemical constituents and how to detect them chemically. It also includes methods for selection of genuine natural drugs and differentiation between pharmacopoeial grade, varieties and adulterants. It describes different herbal drugs and their treatment before marketing.
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