RESINS FROM HERBAL ORIGIN AND A FOCUS ON THEIR APPLICATIONSAbstract
The present article reveals an important role and wide applications played by the resins. Herbal system is considered as a complimentary and alternative system of medicines plays a significant role in India. Resins being the natural products are the secondary metabolites which have therapeutic actions in humans and which can be refined to produce the drugs. Humans have been using plant resins for thousands of years. Because wide use of resins they are collected by artificial injury to plants though they are secreted by plants in response to protect the plant. Resin is a viscous compound hardens over time but softens on melting and does not react with water. This unique property makes the resins as a choice in preparing many excipients in the pharmaceutical dosage forms and even for preparing sustained release medicament formulation. The softer odoriferous oleo-resins and gum resins containing essential oils are more largely used for therapeutic purposes and incense. Thus resins play immense role in today’s pharmaceuticals.
Kotkar Parimal*, Anubha Khale and Kadu Pramod
Department of Pharmacognosy, H. K. College of Pharmacy, Jogeshwari, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
05 January, 2011
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01 May, 2011