Applications of Gum Karaya in Drug Delivery Systems: A Review on Recent Research
By Anupama Setia, S. Goyal and N. Goyal
Gums exudates are amongst the oldest natural gums. They are already being used as thickening and stabilizing agents from last 5000 years. The major exudate gum—gum karaya—possess a unique range of functionalities. It has been important items of international trade in the food, pharmaceutical, adhesive, paper, textile, and other industries for centuries. The use of naturally occurring biocompatible polymeric materials has been the focus of recent research activity in the design of dosage forms for oral controlled release administration. This paper reviews the literature on gum karaya and describes the varied applications of the gum in drug delivery systems.
Key-words: Sterculia, Karaya Gum, Applications
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