Evaluation Of Analytical And Spectroscopic Approaches For QC Testing Of Traditional Herbal Medicines | 18733
Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques
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The quality of traditional herbal medicines is affected by misidentification, adulteration, lack of standardization, inappropriate
labeling and contamination. The continued proliferation on to the UK and other markets of adulterated traditional
medicines contaminated with heavy metals e.g., lead, arsenic and mercury in unlicensed products, reinforces the need for
efficient and effective means to undertake QC analyses. Notwithstanding these safety issues there is an ever increasing interest
in traditional herbal medicines in Western Europe which coupled with the legislative requirements of the EU Traditional
Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) 2011 reinforces the need for effective product information. It is proposed that
as a minimum such products must include meaningful labels with appropriate details of content, batch number and expiration
date. This research examined the quality and safety of a selection of herbal medicines and evaluated the usefulness of a range
of simple spectroscopic and more complex chromatographic techniques for qualitative and quantitative determinations. The
findings highlight the heterogeneity of traditional herbal medicines and illustrate some simple approaches to improving quality
control testing whilst addressing issues of identification and adulteration.
Susanne P Boyle holds a Doctorate in xenobiotic metabolism gained through research which characterized and quantified phase I metabolites of polycyclic
hydrocarbons implicated in human leukemias. She has extensive experience of a range of
and ex vivo models which she has applied to investigate the
antioxidant efficacy and neuroprotective qualities of selected herbal medicines and isolated phenolics. She has significant expertise in the development and
application of hyphenated chromatographic techniques and spectroscopic assays to quantify oxidative biomarkers in clinical disease and to characterize key
phenolics and evaluate quality control strategies for traditional herbal medicines.
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