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All Posts Tagged: Herbal testing

Thin Layer Chromatography - Application & Advantages

Thin Layer Chromatography: Applications and Advantages

Thin layer chromatography is a type of liquid chromatography that is used to separate non-volatile mixtures such as glycerine into its individual components. The process is performed on a sheet of glass, plastic, or aluminium foil coated with a thin layer of adsorbent material like silica gel, aluminium oxide (alumina), or cellulose (known as the stationary phase). However, TLC is utilised in many industries for different purposes. Here are the applications and advantages of the techniq
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How to do Column Chromatography

Column Chromatography: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to do it

Invented by the American chemist, D.T. Davy in 1897, Column chromatography is a technique to study the chemical composition of different natural petroleum products. Based on the principle of selective adsorption, the chemical mixtures are passed through a column of an adsorbent material and separated into its individual components. A typical column chromatography system consists of a solid stationary phase like glass, silica gel, alumina or cellulose, and a liquid mobile phase. Here are t
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Phytochemistry Lab: How to Identify the Phytoconstituents?

Phytochemistry Lab: How to Identify the Phytoconstituents?

The medicinal plants are in use for the treatment of various diseases since ages. Therapeutic properties are present in various parts of the plant such as the leaf, bark, roots, stem, flowers, seeds, and fruits. The plants owe these therapeutic properties to the presence of medically active chemical components known as phytoconstituents or phytochemicals. The phytoconstituents are known for their antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and other pharmaceutical functions. But, how will y
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HPLC Analysis - Role in Herbal Testing Laboratory

HPLC Analysis – Role in Herbal Testing Laboratory

Herbal products are becoming popular amongst the masses. However, establishing standards of quality control for the raw materials and standardization of finished herbal product pose a big challenge. Earlier traditional methods like foreign matter content, microscopic properties, and heavy metal analysis were used to detect any contaminants and assess the quality of the herbal products. But, in recent times many innovative techniques have been developed to test the quality of the herbal prod
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Why do we need Pharmacovigilance of Herbal Medicines?

Why do we Need Pharmacovigilance of Herbal Medicines?

Herbal medicines are known to be effective in the treatment of various chronic diseases. Ayurveda is the branch of Medicine based on the herbal treatment and originated in India. Plants, their parts, metabolites and preparations have demonstrated enormous therapeutic properties. However, with the rise of modern medicine, the importance of herbal medicines has been overlooked. Yet, the general population never lost faith in the efficacy of the herbal medicines. They rely on them for a wide ra
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vitamins and dietary supplements safety

Are your Vitamins and Dietary Supplements Safe?

Why do we pop-in those vitamins and dietary supplements? Don’t we get our complete nutrition from food? NO! Not really! The industrial food production practices followed today do not guarantee complete and holistic nutrition from food. That’s why most of us pop-in those vitamins and dietary supplements to get optimal levels of the essential micro-nutrients. But, did you ever wonder about the safety of these vitamins and dietary supplements? Or you blindly trust them because they are he
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DNA Testing of Herbal Supplements

DNA Testing of Herbal Supplements – Is it Worth?

There is a heated debate over the quality of the herbal supplements sold in the market.  With majority retailers making fraud claims about these supplements, it requires stringent rules and regulations for their quality control. A consumer takes a herbal supplement for its purported health benefits, which are attributed to the plant source of the product. He knows that the herbal supplements are derived from a plant source and are, therefore, safe to consume. But, that’s not the complet
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Difference Between Herbal, Ayurvedic, Natural, And Organic Products

When you buy Herbal Healthcare Products? You notice a tag or a label on the product: Herbal Ayurvedic Natural Organic What these labels mean? Aren’t they all same? NO! They sound similar with similar meaning, but are entirely different Know the difference to decide what you need exactly! Herbal Products: Are made from plant extracts, roots, leaves etc. Are free from chemicals, though pesticides may be used for plant growth Used for therapeutic purposes
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