What are the Ayurvedic medicines? Classification of Ayurvedic Medicines

Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unani drug includes all medicines intended for internal or external use for or in the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention/s of disease or disorder in human beings or animals, and manufactured exclusively in accordance with the formulae described in, the authoritative books of Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani Tibb systems of medicine, specified in the First Schedule of drug and cosmetic act and rule.

Ayurvedic, Siddha or Unano Tibb medicines can further be divided into two parts based upon authoritative books:
  • Patent/Proprietary
  • Classical

Patent or proprietary Medicines:

Patent or proprietary medicines are the medicines that could sold with a particular Brand Name and contains ingredients described in the authoritative books of Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani Tibb systems of medicine specified in the First Schedule, but does not include a medicine which is administered by parenteral route and also a formulation included in the authoritative books as specified in clause (a) of Drug and Cosmetic Act and Rules.

Examples of Patent/proprietary medicines:
Liver Tonics:
Liv-52 (Himalaya)
Heptoliv Plus (Elzac) etc
Brand Name will be changed as company name will be changed.

Classical Medicines:

Classical Medicines are the medicines which are sold under only name mentioned in authoritative books and all formulations containing only such ingredients mentioned in the formulae described in the authoritative books of Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani Tibb systems of medicine specified in the First Schedule, but does not include a medicine which is administered by parenteral route and also a formulation included in the authoritative books as specified in clause (a) of Drug and Cosmetic Act and Rules.

Examples of classical medicines:
Ashokarishtha, Praval Pisthi etc
Brand name will not change irrespective of company name. Whether it is a Patanjali Product or Dabur product or Elzac Products. Name will be mentioned as per described in authoritative books of particular system.

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