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The book entitled “A Text Book of Pharmacognosy” is a sincere effort to arouse the interest of the students in these fast developing branches of Pharmaceutical sciences. This book is written in easily under stable and simply tachy language so that students easily grasp the content which they need, the book is intended as a theory book for the students.

The main aim of this subject book is to impart the knowledge of History, sources of drug, classification, scope of Pharmacognosy. This book also includes the study of the generating of plants and phytochemicals, their sources, chemical constituents, therapeutic uses, and also know about traditional systems of medicine, herbal cosmetics, herbs as a health food and fibers and role of aromatic plants in the national economy. So that after completion of the course, the student shall be able to learn and know the modern as well as traditional techniques of isolation, identification of the herbal drugs and phytoconstituents; to understand the role of plants in various fields like health food, cosmetic industry, and academics.

This book is also focused to provide the knowledge to D. Pharm. students about Pharmacognosy. All the aspects of the syllabus have been discussed in brief and tried to provide the best information.

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ISBN 978-93-91334-07-9
Publishers R. Narain Publishers & Distributors
Author Dr. Reena Gupta & Dr. Jitendra Gupta
Binding Paperback
Edition 1/e
Price 220
Year 2022
Pages 184
Subject Text Book of Pharmacognosy (ER2020-13T)
Weight 190 g


  1. Comprehensive coverage of theoretical and diagrammatical aspects of Pharmacognosy.
  2. All intricate aspects are explained by simple, lucid and specific explanations and substantiated with neat and elaborate diagrammatic sketches.
  3. Examples from Pharmacognosy are included extensively.

Table of Content

Definition, history, present status and scope of Pharmacognosy.
Classification of drugs:
Alphabetical, Taxonomical, Morphological, Pharmacological, Chemical, Chemo-taxonomical
Quality control of crude drugs:
l Different methods of adulteration of crude drugs
l Evaluation of crude drugs
Brief outline of occurrence, distribution, isolation, identification tests, therapeutic activity and pharmaceutical applications of alkaloids, terpenoids, glycosides, volatile oils, tannins and resins.
Biological source, chemical constituents and therapeutic efficacy of the following categories of crude drugs.
l Laxatives: Aloe, Castor oil, Ispaghula, Senna
l Cardiotonic: Digitalis, Arjuna
l Carminatives and G.I. regulators: Coriander, Fennel, Cardamom, Ginger, Clove, Black Pepper, Asafoetida, Nutmeg, Cinnamon
l Astringents: Myrobalan, Black Catechu, Pale Catechu.
l Drugs acting onnervous system: Hyoscyamus, Belladonna, Ephedra, Opium, Tea leaves, Coffee seeds, Coca.
l Anti-hypertensive: Rauwolfia
l Anti-tussive: Vasaka, Tolu Balsam
l Anti-rheumatics: Colchicum seed
l Anti-tumour: Vinca, Podophyllum
l Antidiabetics: Pterocarpus, Gymnema
l Diuretics: Gokhru, Punarnava
l Anti-dysenteric: Ipecacuanha
l Antiseptics anddisinfectants: Benzoin, Myrrh, Neem, Turmeric
l Antimalarials: Cinchona, Artemisia
l Oxytocic: Ergot
l Vitamins: Cod liver oil, Shark liver oil
l Enzymes: Papaya, Diastase, Pancreatin,Yeast
l Pharmaceutical Aids: Kaolin, Lanolin, Beeswax, Acacia, Tragacanth, Sodium alginate, Agar, Guar gum, Gelatine
l Miscellaneous: Squill, Galls, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Guggul
Plant fibres used as surgical dressings: Cotton, silk, wooland regenerated fibres
Sutures – Surgical Catgut and Ligatures
Basic principles involved in the traditional systems of medicine like: Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy
Method of preparation of Ayurvedic formulations like: Arista, Asava, Gutika, Taila, Churna, Lehya and Bhasma.
Role of medicinal and aromatic plants in national economy and their export potential.
Herbs as health food: Brief introduction and therapeutic applications of: Nutraceuticals, Antioxidants, Pro-biotics, Pre-biotics, Dietary fibres, Omega-3-fatty acids, Spirulina, Carotenoids, Soya and Garlic.
Introduction to herbal formulations.
Herbal cosmetics: Sources, chemical constituents, commercial preparations, therapeutic and cosmetic uses of: Aloe vera gel, Almond oil, Lavender oil, Olive oil, Rosemary oil, Sandal Wood oil.
Phytochemical investigation of drugs.


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