A Hand Book of Standardization of Ayurvedic Formulation
Subject: Rasashatra Evam Bhaishajyakalpana (Iatrochemistry and Ayurvedic Pharmaceutics)
Standardization of drugs in the field of Ayurveda is much more complex and rather very difficult in comparison to the drugs in allopathy. The author has taken cognisance of this factor and has made a sincere effort to cover the subject in a comprehensive manner. The subject presentation is logical and is done in a methodical manner. The first chapter is devoted to an introduction in which the authors have provided information regarding the basic concepts and definition of standardization related aspects. The second chapter is about steps in standardization followed by a discussion of steps and parameters involved in standardization of different formulations. He has provided basic information on the instrument, chemicals and reagents used in standardization process. He has thoughtfully also provided information on toxicity studies, bioavailability and pharmacovigilance besides including WHO guidelines and write up on good practices. On the whole, it can be said that the coverage is the most extensive one in recent times. It is hoped that the author will constantly up-grade the available information because the field is dynamic in nature bringing in a new set of important developments periodically. It would certainly serve as an important source books for Postgraduate and Doctoral scholars in this field.