Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan

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Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan, is a private non-profit research laboratory famous for its Unani and ayurvedic medicine. Hamdard Dawakhana originated in undivided India in 1906. After the independence in 1947, a branch was established in Karachi, Pakistan by Hakim Mohammed Saeed, named Hamdard Laboratories.

In 1953, Hamdard Laboratories was converted into a Waqf (Islamic irrevocable trust) and renamed Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan. Profits of Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan were made over to the trust, for use in the development of health, education and other nation-building and philanthropic activities. Hamdard Foundation Pakistan was created to manage these funds.[1]


Hakim Abdul Majeed Nadeem Minnie Habedashery (1883–1922) founded an organisation called Hamdard Dawakhana in Delhi in 1906. At that time, it was a small clinic and herbal medicine shop. Abdul Majeed had come from a family that included many herbal doctors, and he joined the herbal pharmacy of the renowned Unani physician Hakim Ajmal Khan. As he developed his knowledge of medicine, he became a Hakim and decided to establish his own pharmacy and clinic, which he called Hamdard Dawakhana.

As a result of Hamdard's success, it moved to a larger building in 1922. Unfortunately, Abdul suffered a serious illness and died that year. Mrs. Rabia, his widow, took responsibility until son Hakeem Abdul Hameed assumed leadership.

In 1940, Abdul's youngest son Hakim Mohammed Saeed joined Hamdard Dawakhana. By 1947, Hamdard became a prominent manufacturer of herbal products and medicines in the Indian subcontinent.

After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Saeed, at the age of 29, migrated to Pakistan. The following year, he established Hamdard Laboratories Pakistan in Karachi on a modest scale.

Saeed was able to make Hamdard the leading manufacturer of herbal medicines and products in Pakistan in six years.

In 1953, when Hamdard had become a big pharmaceutical company, Saeed declared it a Waqf (Islamic irrevocable trust).

Charitable activities[edit]

Hamdard Foundation, Pakistan was established in 1964 to separate the charitable and philanthropic work from the business unit. It was the first NGO of its nature that came into being in Pakistan.


Hamdard Laboratories produces more than six hundred (600) Herbal Products.

Hamdard has a full range of medicines for digestive disorders of stomach and intestine, abdominal cramps, hyper-acidity etc., anaemia, jaundice, purification of blood from impurities, liver ailments, female ailments like leucorrhoea, menstrual irregularities and for protection of pregnancy. Products are also available for naturally strengthening the nervous system and mental health, heart and other vital organs. Hormonal and sexual insufficiency in men, general debility, mental and physical exhaustion, rheumatism and joints diseases, skin diseases, common cold, and a wide range of other physical problems are addressed with Hamdard products.

Khamira Abresham Hakim Arshad Wala is a unique herbal medicine from Hamdard Pakistan which is effective in strengthening vital organs like heart, brain, and liver. Its positive Cardioprotective effect has been substantiated by various studies.[2]

Some of the company's most common products are Rooh Afza, Safi and Carmina.

Research and development[edit]

Hamdard Laboratories central structure is based in Karachi, consisting of fully automated pharmaceutical manufacturing and research units, manufacturing a wide spectrum of herbal products. Recently, a new industrial complex has been set up about 40 km from Karachi.

Apart from Karachi, manufacturing units operate in other Pakistani cities. In Lahore a factory produces syrups and medicines.

A factory at Peshawar makes syrups, extractive distillates, semi-solid and solid preparations.

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  1. ^ Hayat, Naeem, and Ammara Naeem. "Corporate Waqf: A Case of Hamdard (Waqf) Pakistan." Available at SSRN 2487713 (2014).
  2. ^ Goyal, S; Siddiqui, MK; Siddiqui, KM; Arora, S; Mittal, R; Joshi, S; Arya, DS. "Cardioprotective effect of 'Khamira Abresham Hakim Arshad Wala' a unani formulation in isoproterenol-induced myocardial necrosis in rats". Exp Toxicol Pathol. 62: 61–74. doi:10.1016/j.etp.2009.02.115. PMID 19285846. 

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