Editorial Article

'PHARMACOGNOSY': An Essential Element of Health Care Services

Ashutosh Pathak
Department of Botany, SSKGDC, University of Allahabad, U.P., India
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Ashutosh Pathak, Department of Botany, SSKGDC, University of Allahabad, U.P., India, Email: ashupathaks@rediffmail.com

Pharmacognosy deals with the knowledge of natural resources used in the treatment of various diseases and also as dietary supplements. [1] Pharmacognosy is an integrated branch of various subjects viz., Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Chemistry and Pharmacology; where Botany, Zoology and Microbiology deal with the origin of natural resources and their identifications; Chemistry deals with the active molecule or constituent metabolite identification of extracts; and Pharmacology deals with the application of competent molecules or extracts in healthcare.

Although the term 'Pharmacognosy' was first coined by Schimdt (Austrian physician) in 1811 but the use of natural resources in mankind dates way back to ancient literatures, viz., Ayurveda (Indian), Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM), Kampo (Japanese), Unani (Greek), Traditional Korean Medicines (TKM). (1-3) Aforementioned literatures are the enumerations of herbal plants and their uses and sometimes regarded as traditional medicines. Traditional, indigenous, herbal and ethno-medicines are the terms used in different contexts but are pioneer and key terms used in the pharmacognosy which have laid down the foundation of clinical, complementary and alternate medicines. Pharmacognosy has advanced from traditional pharmacognosy to reverse and clinical pharmacognosy with time. Reverse pharmacognosy uses the generated data from the past and study them via in-silico techniques to find the probable target based drugs and their biological sources other than traditional ones.(4) Clinical pharmacognosy on the other hand deals with the clinical trials of herbals against Communicable Diseases (CD) and Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) and dietary supplements.(5) Pharmacognosy plays a critical role in the health care sector since ancient era and would definitely become a handy tool in fulfilling the goals of WHO Traditional Medicine (TM) Strategy 2014–2023.

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Published: 08 April 2017


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