Overview for The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India (Volume I, Part I)
The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India is a legal document of standards for the quality of Ayurvedic drugs and substances included therein (under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940). The first volume contains 80 monographs dealing with Pharmacognostical, Chemical and Ayurvedic standards of the plant drugs used in Ayurveda. Each monograph describes macroscopic, microscopic characters along with the permissible limit of foreign matter. Chemical standards of identify, purity and strength have been developed on the basis of parameters like Total ash, Acid insoluble ash, Alcohol soluble extractives, Water soluble extractives, etc. with the references of important constituents present in it. Rasa, Guna, Virya, Vipaka, Karma and Prabhava based on description of classical Ayurvedic texts along with important formulations as referred in Ayurvedic Formulary of India (A.F.I., Part I) with its therapeutic uses and dose. The work on various monographs on all parameters have been carried out at Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM), Ghaziabad (which is a sub-ordinate laboratory of Deptt. Of ISM & H, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India) and approved by Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee after careful deliberations by its eminent scientist members. Contents of the volume consists legal notice, general notice, preface, introduction and detailed description of monographs in alphabetical order for eighty medicinal plants of prime importance used in Ayurveda. The details of apparatus required for tests and assays are given in Appendix 1 and testing method, determination of quantitative data of vegetables, limit test are mentioned in Appendix 2. Physical tests and determination, re-agents and solutions are covered in Appendix 3 & 4, respectively. General information, weight and measures, approximate equivalents of doses in Indian and metric system are mentioned in Appendix 5 and 6 which is followed by classical references in original under Appendix 7. This book is user-friendly for scientists involved in quality testing of drugs, Ayurveda teachers of Dravyaguna, Research scholars, Physicians, students of Ayurveda and many other who have interest in quality of Ayurveda medicines.