ETHNOBOTANICAL APPROACH TO DRUG DEVELOPMENT IN AYURVEDA
Auyrveda, our ancient medical science is well established as a complete medical science. The development of Ayurveda is made by its integrative approach to adopt the best things in other sciences like botany, pharmacy, pharmacology, photochemistry, taxonomy etc. The major part of Ayurvedic treatment is based on plant and plant products. So ethnobotany plays a major role in the development ofAyurvedic drugs. The complex relationship between the plants , humans and human cultures is studied with the help of ethnobotany. The development of Ayurveda is achieved with the help of ethnobotany. The approach is made by field work or survey study of folklore remedies or locally used less known plants or acquiring the knowledge of such plants which are not mentioned in Ayurveda. Preparation of herbarium sheets and museum of less known plants, study of ancient literature like veda, local publication study, database preparation are the way of getting additional knowledge of drugs. After this the authentication, screening for standardization and from animal and clinical trials the unknown facts are proved and established.
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