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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97-102

Biosynthesis of Silver Nanoparticles through Medicinal Plants


1 Asso. Professor, Dept. of Dravyaguna, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, salod (H), Wardha (M.S.), India
2 Vice Dean (PG) & HOD Department of Panchakarma, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, salod (H), Wardha (M.S.), India
3 HOD Department of Shalakyatantra, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, salod (H), Wardha (M.S.), India

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Meena Shamrao Deogade
Asso. Professor, Dept. of Dravyaguna, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, salod (H), Wardha (M.S.)
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Nanotechnology is foreseen to significantly influence science, economy and everyday life in 21st century. Development of new, easy, reliable and eco-friendly technologies helps in endorsing extra interest in the synthesis and application of nanoparticles, which are good and beneficial for mankind. Although, nanoparticles are considered as the discovery of modern science, they actually have a very long history. Ayurvedic metallic preparations, treated with herbal juices or decoction, and exposed for certain quantum of heat as per puta (heating grade) system are known in Indian subcontinent since seventh century AD and widely recommended for treatment of a variety of ailments. Such metallic preparations are known as Bhasma and are recently proved as nanoparticles. Today medicinal plants are commonly utilized for the synthesis of nanoparticles. Herbs have shown the ability to interact with metal ions and reduce them to form metallic nanoparticles. The medicinal plant sources for the synthesis of nanoparticle offers several advantages such as best in cost- effectiveness, non-toxic and eco-friendly agent. Biosynthesis of nanoparticles by medicinal plant extracts is currently under exploitation. This synthesis method is more convenient for pharmaceuticals and biomedical applications. Biosynthetic processes of nanoparticles would be more useful, if nanoparticles produced in vitro using plants or their extracts in a controlled method according to their size, shape and dispersity. The utilization of medicinal plants for nanoparticles synthesis is notable alternative in advanced multifaceted approaches.


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