Bharathiar University Launches Herbal Ointment
The Department of Botany of Bharathiar University launched a herbal ointment ‘RuBHeal’ here on Thursday. The research product is said to have resulted from the use of medicinal wealth found in the Western Ghats. A patent has been filed for it.
Launching the ointment at a national conference on “Phytomedicine” at the university, its Vice – Chancellor G. James Pitchai urged scientists not to restrict research to academics, but extend it to the welfare of society. “Universities are fertile fields of research. Research should be technologically practical, economically feasible and environmentally safe,” he said. P.V. Rao, Director of the Defence Research and Development Centre – Bharathiar University – CLS, said economic value of traditional knowledge was often identified as a reason of conserving and documenting cultural practices.
“To rationalise the use of natural resources in the modern healthcare system, it is necessary to explore these systems with scientific approaches,” he said. M.J. Nanjan, director, TIFAC, JSS College of Pharmacy, Udhagamandalam, said there were many challenges in quality control and standardisation of herbal drugs / traditional medicine. Quality criteria for herbal drugs were based on a clear scientific definition of raw materials.
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