Adulteration methods and current trends in authentic identification of botanical materials used for the pharmaceuticals


Adulteration methods and current trends in authentic identification of botanical materials used for the pharmaceuticals


L.Sarvananda1*, Mohamed Shafras2, Amal D Premarathna3

1Department of Botany, Faculty of Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; 2Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya; 3Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka


International Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine

Macroscopic and microscopic evaluation and chemical profiling techniques have their own limitations for authentication of plant species. DNA-based markers give the new directions to pharmacognosy. It is important to distinguish accurately the authentic plant sources for herbal drugs because adulteration and substitutions diminish their efficacy and reduce the trust of users as well as it is necessary to convert botanical materials into scientifically valid herbal drugs. Proper integration of molecular techniques as analytical tools with conventional knowledge will lead to the development of a comprehensive system of identification of medicinal plants that can be conveniently applied at the research and industry level for quality control of botanicals. The review derives the advantages of DNA-based method for the purpose of correct identification of herbal material and discrimination of originals from the plant-derived adulterants.


Keywords: Phytopharmaceuticals, medicinal plants, Adulterations, Herbal Preparation

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L.Sarvanand, Mohamed Shafras, Amal D Premarathna. Adulteration methods and current trends in authentic identification of botanical materials used for the pharmaceuticals. International Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2019, 4:17.


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