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New Journal of Science
Volume 2016, Article ID 7830367, 31 pages
Review Article

A Comprehensive Review on Pharmacokinetic Profile of Some Traditional Chinese Medicines

1Department of Quality Assurance, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune-38, Maharashtra, India
2Department of Pharmaceutics, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune-38, Maharashtra, India

Received 3 April 2016; Revised 16 July 2016; Accepted 1 August 2016

Academic Editor: Jing-Hsien Chen

Copyright © 2016 Piyush Mehta and Vividha Dhapte. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Herbal medicines are the oldest and most widely used form of treatment for welfare of mankind. Herbal medicines possess strong reputation as complementary treatment across the globe due to their easy accessibility and safety. Particularly traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) are very popular due to their desirable therapeutic effects. They already have been proven for their remarkable potential in treatment of wide range of disease ailments. The major drawback in using herbal medicines is lack of standardisation aspects due to the complexity of chemical constituents. Pharmacokinetics study of such medicines helps forecast a range of events related to efficacy, safety, and toxicity profile of them. Apart from this, pharmacokinetics studies also recommended by various regulatory agencies during diverse stages of herbal drug development. Thus it is highly essential to have knowledge about the pharmacokinetic properties of any herbal drug. Thus it was thought that it will be worthwhile to compile the pharmacokinetic data of TCM which will be helpful for the researchers involved in further research on TCM. To portray entire picture about absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of some TCM, this well-designed scientific review covers the pharmacokinetic profile of 50 TCM available from 2003 and onwards.