CAIPHAM TOOL

ABOUT CAIPHAM TOOL

CAIPHAM - This tool is called Computer Assisted Identification for Powdered Herbal Materials Through Analytical Microscopy. The tool is based on high scientific basis of recognizing various features of powdered herbal materials when viewed under microscope. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for preparations of slides of the powdered herb (treated for clearance and with or without staining) has been provided on the site.

Current tool has data in the backend and a user front to undertake analysis. This validated tool has in the database listed out features, sub-features and, sub-sub- features. Actual experiment based data of about 61 samples of authenticated powders of barks, including 19 samples of probable adulterants/substitutes and 50 samples of authenticated powders of leaves, including 15 samples of probable adulterants/substitutes (list attached) of identified medicinal plants are in the data base.

In the database presence or absence of the features as determined under microscope are present. Presence or absence of specific features is known to form the tool to identify specific herbs botanically as per pharmacognostic science. This data base has been developed by meticulous working by scientists at Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, School of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, JAMIA HAMDARD (A Government-Aided Deemed University), An Institution of Eminence (IoE) recommended by the Government of India, New Delhi - 110062, India

Powdered Crude Drug Microscopy of Leaves and Barks

Vidhu Aeri, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, School of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi, India;

D.B. Anantha Narayana, Chief Scientific Officer, Ayurvidye Trust, Banglore, India and Dharya Singh, Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, School of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi, India.

Users after obtaining necessary login ID and password can access to blank pages (template) of the bark or leaves to upload the features present or absent in a sample of powdered herb after studying them under microscope. The samples will need to be prepared as per SOP. The information on the person/organization feeding the data is also entered. Data required are name of scientist uploading the data, name of the organization, date of analysis, sample batch number and email ID of the scientist. The user will need to upload carefully the features present or not present. At the end if they submit the data the tool will search and match with the identified botanical in the data base and give a report stating the name of the botanical analyzed. The identification is limited to only those herbs whose data exist in the data bank. The Tool was developed by The Ayurvidye Trust who conceptualized the same and brief was finalized jointly between the Trust and Prof. Vidhu Aeri. A small pilot tool named TIPHAM ( www.tipham.com ) was developed and tested first with small number of samples/ limited features. After successful use, the current Tool with more number of samples analyzed, and comprehensive features resulted in CAIPHAM.

If the user wishes to get a report of this authentication the request button for same may be submitted. and a signed report of authentication would be issued.

Users/Visitors of the CAIPHAM site and its contents may make financial contributions to the Trust to support research activities of the Trust. The same may be made to the bank account as below:

Name of Account: Ayurvidye Bangalore Rresearch & Training Trust
Bank: State Bank of India, Girinagar 3rd Phase Branch, Bangalore-85,
S/B Account.No. : 34329246984
IFSC Code : SBIN0016222.

Financial Contributions to the Trust can avail Tax exemption under 80G