All about Pharmacognosy

All about Pharmacognosy

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Department of Pharmacognosy, Cairo University

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Pharmacognosy is the oldest medical science. The name is derived from the Greek “pharmakon” = drug & “gnosis”= knowledge.

Conventional Scope:
Chemistry & biology of natural products derived from terrestrial & marine organisms (plants, animals, or microbes).

Pharmacognosy in the 21st Century:
Highly interdisciplinary science drawing on a broad spectrum of biological & socio-scientific subjects. Renewed interest in the area of natural products education & research is highly motivated by:

1.The search for new leads for drug development

2.The implication of biotechnology for improvement of natural products production

3.The health claims for nutraceuticals

4.The validation of traditional medicines

5.The widespread use of phytotherapeutics

Modern Scope:
Production, biology, chemistry, biotechnology, enzymology, genetics, pharmacology, toxicology & quality control of natural drugs, pharmaceutical aids, extracts, herbicides & insecticides. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16th, 2011 at 3:20 am