DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOGNOSY AND PHYTOCHEMISTRY

DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOGNOSY AND PHYTOCHEMISTRY

Development of direct relationship with nature and working with motivation of it are the key aspects in the development of science and technology. The study of plants particularly as source of food and medicine is one of the oldest human activities. Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. Throughout history, plant materials have served as a reservoir of potential drugs. The aditya pharmacy college maintains the herbal medicinal garden and nursery adjacent to the college campus. The student will learn theory based practical aspects of knowledge of medicinal plants by using simple and compound microscopes. The students also learn the standardization parameters of medicinal plants for the development of herbal formulations as a new era in the development of traditional medicinal palnts. The department maintaining the herbarium specimens of alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, carbohydrates, lipids, resins and volatile oil resins in the laboratory in well designed store cases. The department maintaining anatomical atlas of crude drugs present in the academic curriculum.

Scope

There is a lot of scope in the future for new plant based drugs which are still to be introduced. Ethno botany provides information on traditional uses of plants and is recognized as an effective way to discover future medicines.

Objectives

Ancient physicians including Hippocrates and Galen cemented the bricks for herbal medicine. In western medical herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, combinations of herbs are fundamental to their philosophy. This attitude for the development of polyherbal formulation, standardization and use which differentiates herbal products from conventional medicines, even those which contain an isolated plant constituent. We have considerable pharmacological and clinical evidence to support synergistic pharmacological actions of phytomedicinals when they were used in combinations instead of single herb or isolated constituent.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacognosy and phytochemistry department provides an ampule scope in the discovery of new drugs from natural source by taking advantages of traditional plants growing around the east Godavari district. The students acquiring the knowledge required for placement in Himalaya, Dabur, “Ayush”, “Patanjali Ayurved Limited”, Ayushya Varsha, Arya Aushadhi Pharmaceutical Works, Indian Drugs And Botancia Herbs Co etc.

Current area of research

The department carryout research work related to extraction, isolation and characterization of phytoconstituents and testing the biological activities of traditional medicinal plants. The department also involved in the formulation and standardization of polyherbal formulations as a part of new drug development programme.