I.0. KIBW AGE, J.W. MWANGI, G.N. THOITHI. Quality Control of Herbal Medicines.

Citation:
"I.0. KIBW AGE, J.W. MWANGI, G.N. THOITHI. Quality Control of Herbal Medicines. .". 2005.

Abstract:

The use of traditional and herbal medicines is gaining recognition globally. To
safeguard the patient, there are legitimate demands that all medicines be safe,
efficacious and of good quality. The required parameters for their quality
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load, identification and profile of contents and where possible
quantitation of the active compound or marker compounds. Also of importance are
heavy metals, pesticides and product stability. The mixture of portions of herbs in
traditional medicines complicates the quality control tests of these preparations.
The content profile becomes difficult to replicate from batch to batch, while
quantification of the active compound(s) in such multi-component products would
require prior processing to isolate and identify the chemical compounds.

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