|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 54-56
National workshop on quality control of herbal and herbo-mineral preparations – an event report
Divya Khare1, Giridhar Vedantam1, Mahadev B Gundakalle2, Ajit Lingayat1, Veena Babu Kupati3
1 Department of Dravyaguna, Kaher's Shri B.M Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Agadatantra, Kaher's Shri B.M Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajyakalpana, Kaher's Shri B.M Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
|Date of Submission||07-Apr-2022|
|Date of Decision||05-May-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||05-May-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||15-Jun-2022|
Department of Dravyaguna, Central Research Facility, Kaher's Shri B.M. Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belagavi, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Khare D, Vedantam G, Gundakalle MB, Lingayat A, Kupati VB. National workshop on quality control of herbal and herbo-mineral preparations – an event report. Indian J Ayurveda lntegr Med 2022;3:54-6
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“Pratyaksham Alpam, Analpam apratyakshamiti,” the famous quote which comes from Charaka Samhita Sutra sthana 11/7, stresses upon the need for continuous indulgence in research for the updation of the existing knowledge. There are many unexplored areas and concepts in our science, and the research tries to find an answer with a scientific basis for all our queries. “Paratantravalokanam,” i.e., collaboration with allied sciences, has become the need of the hour for translational research in the field of Ayurveda.
The Ayurveda pharmaceutical industries are flourishing today, and with the increasing demand for the herbal medicines, there is also an increase in the need for assuring quality and safety of raw drugs (herbals and minerals) and herbo-mineral formulations. In order to address this need and to train the Ayurveda professionals in quality control (QC) and research, the Central Research Facility (CRF) (AYUSH approved drug-testing laboratory for ASU drugs) of KAHER's Shri B.M. Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya (BMK) has been regularly conducting workshops on analytical techniques. The 4th national workshop on analytical techniques was conducted by CRF on February 25–26, 2022, and the venue was CRF, BMK. The workshop was meant for PG, PhD scholars, and faculty of Ayurveda. Among the huge number of applications and inquiries received, eligible participants were selected based on their research background and interest in QC.
The 2-day national workshop was well attended and brought together 41 participants from different states such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. The first day of the workshop began with an inaugural function; the guest of honor was Dr. B. S. Prasad, President, Board of Ayurveda, NCISM, and Dr. V. Subhose, Assistant Director, CCRAS, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. B. S. Prasad explained regarding the metamorphosis of the CRF into a centralized research unit over a period of 15 years. Initially, the Central Research Laboratory was established in 2006 in KAHER's Shri B. M. Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Belagavi, with a mission to provide high-end research infrastructure and to train Ayurveda professionals as per the standard operating procedures in quality analysis of herbal drugs, so as to enable them to explore and validate Ayurveda principles. Later, many new units were added, and it came to be known as the CRF. Dr. B. S. Prasad complemented the efforts put forth by CRF in conducting research on diversified areas in Ayurveda. He also stressed upon the importance of QC analysis of herbal and herbo-mineral preparations in the present era.
This was followed by a session on QC of herbal drugs and BMK initiatives by Dr. Giridhar Vedantam, MD (Ay), Research Consultant, CRF, BMK.
The delegates were then divided into three teams and trained under the following sessions:
Session one on hands-on experience with respect to extraction techniques, qualitative organic analysis, and demonstration of qualitative estimation technique using UV spectrophotometry. The session was engaged by Dr. Divya Khare, MD (Ay), Research Associate, CRF.
Session two was on section cutting techniques, powder microscopy, refractive index, pH determination, and thin-layer chromatography. The session was conducted by Dr. Ajit Lingayat, M. Sc (Medicinal Plants), PhD (Ay), Pharmacognosist, CRF.
Session three was with respect to tablet hardness testing, disintegration, friability test, NPST, and extraction by Soxhlet method. The session was guided by Dr. Veena Kupati, MD (Ay), Research Associate, CRF.
The teams were then shuffled for the next two sessions, and all the delegates were trained in these techniques.
The 2nd day of the workshop started with a visit to Dr. Prabhakar Kore Basic Science Research Centre, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi, where the delegates witnessed the research facilities of the KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research (Deemed-to-be University).
Then, the delegates were divided into two teams.
Session one with hands-on experience for basic physicochemical tests such as loss on drying, ash values, specific gravity, and qualitative inorganic analysis was conducted by Dr. Mahadev Gundkalle, MD (Ay), Co-Ordinator, ASU Drug Testing Laboratory, CRF.
In session two, the delegates witnessed the working of flame photometer and rota-evaporator with hands-on experience on fluorescent analysis of powder drugs. The session was guided by Dr. Giridhar Vedantam, MD (Ay).
Session three was a common session on demonstration of microbial limit test, total microbial load, and antimicrobial study which was conducted by Mr. Vinay P. S, MSc (Microbiology), Microbiologist, CRF.
The sessions were planned taking into consideration, the basic knowledge about QC required for a researcher in Ayurveda. Along with the hands-on training on basic analytical techniques, demonstration on some advanced equipment such as flame photometry for elemental analysis, UV spectrophotometry for quantitative analysis of phytochemicals, and techniques of microbiology studies was planned to develop the knowledge and skill component of the delegates. All the delegates showed enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. The queries raised by the delegates during the sessions were answered by the resource persons.
The pre- and posttest assessments of delegates were done by Google Forms. The feedback about the workshop was also taken. The posttest assessment and feedback analysis showed that the workshop was successful in enhancing knowledge and skill of delegates about QC of herbal and herbo-mineral preparations.
The knowledge and skill gained during the workshop would help the delegates to understand the current needs of quality assurance and modifications required at different levels of manufacturing procedures. This would also help them in assuring the quality of herbal and herbo-mineral preparations in the industries, in setting up of an analytical laboratory and conducting advanced drug research. Understanding of basic analytical techniques and biochemistry and microbiology techniques would result in practical applications to prove theories of Ayurveda, which would open a new arena in Ayurveda research.
Valedictory function was conducted on February 26, for which Dr. Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, attended as chief guest on virtual mode. She addressed the delegates and stressed upon the importance of drug testing with special reference to Guduchi species. Dr. Sunil Jalalpure, Principal, KLE College of Ayurveda, was another chief guest. He spoke about herbal drug evaluation and QC aspects. Dr. Ishwar Kavalagi, Divisional Drug Inspector-Ayurveda, Belagavi Division, gave inputs regarding the regulations for QC of Ayurveda drugs.
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