Ensuring Meticulousness of Homeopathic Pharmacy for Accuracy in Medicinal Plant Identification and Collection through Critical Taxonomical Intervention

Ensuring Meticulousness of Homeopathic Pharmacy for Accuracy in Medicinal Plant Identification and Collection through Critical Taxonomical Intervention
(Advancements in Homeopathic Research, Vol. 9 No.2, May 2024-July 2024, Date of Publication 2024/05/01, Pages no. 37-39 ISSN : 2456-3668 (Print) // EISSN : 2583-5661 (Online) DOI : 10.48165/ ahr.2024.9.2.6)

Dr. Varsha Umesh Ghate1, Dr. Anupam Mukherjee2#, Dr. Suresh Jagtap3*
1Department of Homoeopathic Pharmacy, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune, India.
2Department of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal Homoeopathic Health Service, Government of West Bengal, India.
#Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Homoeopathic Pharmacy, Homeopathy University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
3Department of Herbal Medicine, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs (IRSHA), Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune, India.
chiritatml@rediffmail.com*
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6091-9583
Corresponding Author:
Dr Varsha Umesh Ghate
Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune, India.

Abstract
Introduction: Homeopathic pharmacy is a specialized field within the broader realm of pharmacy that revolves around the principles and practices of homeopathy [1]. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann invented homeopathy in the late 18th century. It is a holistic medical system based on the concept that “like cures like” and emphasizes individualized treatment tailored to the patient’s unique symptoms [2]. In the context of homeopathic pharmacy, the term encompasses the identification, collection, preservation, specific preparation techniques, combining, compounding and standardization of medications [3]. It also covers the general operating knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and how various preparations get distributed [4]. A holistic therapeutic approach of homeopathy primarily utilizes medicinal plants in its pharmaceutical preparations. The collected medicinal plants undergo a distinctive process of potentization to enhance their healing properties while minimizing toxicity which all are handled by the homoeopathic pharmacy [5-6]. However, precise identification and specific collection of plants are vital for the therapeutic value of medicinal plant. [7-9]. In the field of homeopathic pharmacy for ensuring the accuracy of medicinal plant taxonomical intervention play a pivotal role [10]. Based on their expertise, taxonomists can correctly identify, collect, classify, and categorize plant species, which significantly enhance the reliability of medicinal plants used in homeopathic medications [11-13]. The world of medicinal plants is vast and diverse, with many species closely resembling each other. Without a thorough understanding of plant taxonomy, the risk of misidentification increases so the authors in this opinion article, delve into the ensuring meticulousness of homeopathic pharmacy for accuracy in medicinal plant identification and collection through critical taxonomical intervention.

ISSN – 2456-3668 (P) * EISSN – 2583-5661 (O) * VOL. 9 NO. 2 May 2024-July 2024 (pp. 37-39) DOI : 10.48165/ahr.2024.9.2.6