2017, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Part APages: 29-41
Documentation status of Arq-e-Mako: A Unani compound formulation in perspective of Unani literature
Mohd Shamim and Ghulamuddin Sofi
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Aim of the study: The drugs of complementary alternative systems of medicine have been used since centuries. The Unani system of medicine (USM) is one among the complementary alternative systems of medicine and the physicians of this system prescribed drugs and other therapeutic measures to the patient. Now, the evidence based medicine limits the role of the healthcare personnel with a sense of responsibility about what they prescribe, administer and follow any procedure. The present study is an effort to evaluate the status of documentation of Arq-e-Mako, a commonly used pharmacopoeia drug formulations in Unani System of Medicine. Methods: The data was collected from the all possible Unani literature through an extensive search to record the information related to Arq-e-Mako. The Interpretive phenomenological analysis was carried out with the recorded data. The aim of analysis was to generate various themes and presented in different tables. It included the status of documentation regarding preparation method, quality, standards, and claims for drug action, and uses. It also included the historical anecdotal evidences, case reports, experimental evidences from animals and human studies. Results:There was a fair consistency in historical documentation of the method of preparation, uses, actions and indications of Arq-e-Mako. But there was very little literature found in terms of the clinical trial, case reports or animal experimental assessment. Conclusion: Documentation status of the Arq-Mako was satisfactory in terms of consistent use of the product and product details.