EFFICACY AND SAFETY STUDIES OF FOENICULUM VULGARE THROUGH EVALUATION OF TOXICOLOGICAL AND STADARDISATION PARAMETERS
The quality criteria for herbal drugs are based on a clear scientific definition of the raw material. Even though global herbal resources have a great potential as natural drugs and are of great commercial importance, they are very often procured and processed without any scientific evaluation, and launched onto the market without any mandatory safety and toxicology studies. On that basis, an attempt was made on efficacy and safety studies of a well known herbal drug Foeniculum vulgare by
... um vulgare by evaluation of toxicological parameters like heavy metals and pesticide residues. Additional standardisation parameters like, physical constants, ash content, solvent residues to prove identity and purity were also carried out. Results obtained during this experiment revealed that heavy metals and pesticidal residues were variable but found within the prescribed limits. Standardisation parameters were variable in two samples under consideration which may be due to different geographical conditions. Hence, there is an urgent need for mandatory evaluation of these parameters in every crude drug before further processing to ensure safety and efficacy of Indian medicinal plants and better acceptance at International platform.