Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

Pharmacognosy is the study of physical, chemical, biological, biochemical properties of drug or drug substances which are derived from natural sources. Material medica is an initial name of Pharmacognosy.  Pharmacognosy is the investigation of substance and organic properties of medications in restorative plants what gives new medications. It is the examination of medications from consistent sources. Pharmacognosy is restricted to natural products with attention centered on sources of drugs, Plant and Animal, and on the Biosynthesis and identity of their Pharmacodynamic constituents.

The study of the use of extracts from natural origin as medicines or health-promoting agents. Even though Phytotherapy is usually regarded as "Alternative Medicine" in the Western countries. This therapy is considered an essential component of modern Pharmacognosy.


  • Important natural products and phytomedicines
  • Application of Pharmacognosy
  • Natural products in drug discovery
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • Quality herbal medicine used in phytotherapy

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