Quality Control and Evaluation of Herbal Drugs - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128133743

Quality Control and Evaluation of Herbal Drugs

1st Edition

Evaluating Natural Products and Traditional Medicine

Authors: Pulok K. Mukherjee
Paperback ISBN: 9780128133743
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 700
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Quality Control and Evaluation of Herbal Drugs: Approaches for Evaluating Natural Products and Traditional Medicine brings together current thinking and practice in the quality control and standardization of herbal drugs. As the use of herbal medicine in therapeutics is rising in both developed and developing countries, this book facilitates the development of quality standards for these medicines. Written by Pulok K. Mukherjee, a leader in the field, the book describes methods, techniques and approaches for evaluating their purity, quality, safety and efficacy. Particular attention is paid to methods that assess activity, the compounds responsible, and their underlying mechanisms of action.

The book describes the quality control parameters followed in India and other countries, including Japan, China, Bangladesh, Srilanka and other Asian countries, as well as the regulatory profiles of the European Union and North America. Users will find it to be a comprehensive resource on bio-prospecting for traditional-medicine-inspired drug discovery and development.

Key Features

  • Provides new information on the research and development of natural remedies
  • Includes essential reading on the study and use of natural resources for preventative or healing purposes
  • References global organizations, such as the WHO, USFDA, CDSCO, TCM and others to serve as a comprehensive document for enforcement agencies, NGOS and regulatory authorities
  • Aids in developing basic knowledge of the various techniques of quality evaluation, such as macroscopy, microscopy, HPTLC, HPLC and LC-MS


Researchers in the herbal drug industry and academicians studying relevant areas (analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, alternative medicine, pharmacy, pharmacognosy, natural products). Secondary: graduate students in these areas

Table of Contents

  1. Traditional systems of medicines and harmonization
    2. Ethnopharmacology- and ethnomedicines-inspired drug development
    3. Quality evaluation of herbal medicines: Challenges and opportunities
    4. Qualitative analysis for evaluation of herbal drugs
    5. Morphological and microscopicalevaluations
    6. Extraction and other downstream procedures for evaluation of herbal drugs
    7. Bioactive phyto-components and their analysis
    8. Thin layer chromatography for evaluation of herbal drugs
    9. High performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) for analysis of herbal drugs
    10. High performance liquid chromatography for analysis of herbal drugs
    11. LC-MS: A rapid technique for understanding the plant metabolomic analysis
    12. Chemo-profiling and marker analysisfor quality evaluation of herbal drugs
    13. Bioassay guided isolation and evaluation of herbal drugs
    14. Enzyme inhibition studies for evaluation of herbal drugs
    15. Evaluation of herbal drugs for antimicrobial and parasiticidal effects
    16. Antiviral evaluation of herbal drugs   
    17. Plant metabolomics and quality evaluation of herbal drugs
    18. Safety related quality issues for development of herbal drugs
    19. Quality assurance of herbal drugs and stability testing


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About the Author

Pulok K. Mukherjee

Dr. Pulok K. Mukherjee is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK. His work has led to many important national and international projects in the field of Natural Health Products. He has to his credit more than 174 publications in peer reviewed impact journals, several patents and 20 books/book chapters on various aspects of herbal medicine. He has worked as visiting scientist in several renowned universities abroad including The School of Pharmacy, University of London; King’s College London; Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research, Netherlands; School of Health Science, Tokushima University, Japan; Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa. He has received many awards, including the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), UK; Outstanding Service Award from the Drug Information Association (DIA), USA; Career Award for Young Teachers from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India; Overseas Award from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), BOYSCAST Fellowship from Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India; Young Pharmacy Teacher Award from the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India; and the IPA Fellowship Award from the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA). He has organized 16 potential national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars with the involvement of scientists all over the world. He is Member of the board on International Society for Ethnopharmacology, UK; Secretary of the Society for Ethnopharmacology (SFE), India; Council member of the Society for TCM Pharmaceutical Analysis, China; and several journals. Dr. Mukherjee is serving as Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, (Elsevier). He is also associated as advisor to different organizations and administrative bodies of the Government of India and abroad.

Affiliations and Expertise

Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

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