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Identifying Potential Herbal Raw Materials for Local and Export Oriented Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Industry

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HS Sakunthala

Gampaha Wickremarachchi Ayurveda Institute, Yakkala, LK
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Abstract

A renewed interest in indigenous medicine opens new horizons for the field of Ayurveda in the world, especially in European and Asian regions. According to a number of estimations, Sri Lanka, with its bio diversity, has 7106 types of plants including microscopic species. It is seen that 104 manufacturers produced 655 herbal formulas utilizing 740 varieties of plants, but the trade is still dependant on mass scale imports.

The objective of this research therefore was to study the methods of limiting imports of herbal raw materials by introducing ten (10) potential herbs, both for the benefit of the country and for the herbal pharmaceutical trade. Ten plants (10) were selected after a comparison of all the data collected. They have the potential strengths and availability to reduce the large amount of foreign exchange spent on imports.

Structured questionnaires were administered among pharmaceutical industries, wild collectors and raw material traders to find out the district wise distribution and the availability of herbal raw materials throughout the year. Primary data on imports of herbal raw materials for the years 2000/2002 obtained from the authorities were also analyzed. Data obtained were tabulated and statistically analyzed for the final graphical presentation.

Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(2) Oct 2009

How to Cite: Sakunthala, H., (2010). Identifying Potential Herbal Raw Materials for Local and Export Oriented Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Industry. Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1(2), p.None.
Published on 13 Dec 2010.
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