The course is designed to provide the student with the basic information about phytochemistry, in terms of nomenclature, taxonomy, monographs, quality control, methods for extraction, characterization, detection of active ingredient in medicinal plants, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), pharmacologically active compounds obtained from natural origin mainly plant origin, secondary metabolites as alkaloids, cardiac glycosides and anthraquinone glycosides. The chemical structures of these studied phytochemicals will be granted much interest. The student has to recognize the chemical structure mostly with its main features, and is expected to be able to relate it to its botanical source, use, toxicity and interactions with other drugs. The course also has a mention of examples of semi-synthetic or synthetic drugs related to naturally occurring drugs.
B.Sc. or MSc. in biological sciences with chemistry or biochemistry as at least one paper OR BAMS and higher or equivalent medical/biological sciences qualification (for overseas students), a written examination and/or interview will be conducted, if required.
Specific learning outcomes:
This course enhances the analytical perceptions of students, which will help them in deducing and isolation of phytoconstituents. Identify and isolate and characterize the active constituents against advanced diseases from plants. Practice principles of Ayurveda and utilize in herbal medicine. Apply pharmacovigilance in herbal therapy and establish authentic standards. Students who take this course learn about secondary metabolites as well as the phytochemistry of important medicinal plants, which will enable them to conduct sensitive R&D research in the future
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