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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JULY – AUG 2018)

An overview of Ayurnutraceuticals and AyurCosmeceuticals

Dr. Aashish Phadke

Introduction: The strength of India has unique distinction of possessing large varieties of medicinal plant, knowledge associated with them and good network of infrastructure required for their promotion, propagation with its 15 Agro-climatic zones and 16 Forest types, India is home to 7% of the world’s biodiversity making it one of 17 mega biodiversity rich countries in the world. India’s system of medicines use various raw materials, of which medicinal plants constitute 90% of raw drug material. About 3000 plants species are reported to be used in the codified Indian systems of medicines, like Ayurveda (1200 species), Siddha (900 Species), Unani (700 species), and Amchi (300 species). 960 species of medicinal plant have been recorded in trade and 178 are traded in high volumes in quantities exceeding 199 metric Tons (MT) per year1,2.

 

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