African Journal of
Pharmacy and Pharmacology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pharm. Pharmacol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0816
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPP
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 2216

Full Length Research Paper

Quality assessment of frequently available mother tinctures in the market by employing standard values

Mahrukh Malik
  • Mahrukh Malik
  • Drugs Control and Traditional Medicines Division, National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Shahzad Hussain
  • Shahzad Hussain
  • Drugs Control and Traditional Medicines Division, National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Javeria Arshad Malik
  • Javeria Arshad Malik
  • Holy family Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Asia Adil
  • Asia Adil
  • Drugs Control and Traditional Medicines Division, National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Sara Nazir
  • Sara Nazir
  • Drugs Control and Traditional Medicines Division, National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Muhammad Usman Gondal
  • Muhammad Usman Gondal
  • Drug Regulatory of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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  •  Received: 10 February 2021
  •  Accepted: 17 March 2021
  •  Published: 30 April 2021

Abstract

As general awareness for using herbal drugs in today’s health practice is increasing, the world is endorsing extraordinary increase in the consumption of herbal products. This increase in the demand has led to consumers’ dissatisfaction due to substandard products, making the herbal market risky. There is need to set standard that will help to evaluate herbal drugs to ensure formulation of high quality products. The present investigation is conducted to evaluate the physiochemical measures of accessible mother tinctures from Aconitum napellus, Kalmia latifolia, Crataegus monogyna, Atropa belladonna and Digitalis purpurea. Mother tinctures were collected from five manufacturers in Pakistan and evaluated for physiochemical parameters, % alcohol contents, weight in dry/ml, % non-volatile matter and pH.  World synchronization, following WHO specific guidelines for herbal products standardization is needed. Also, regulation should be endorsed to control herbal market adoption of WHO guideline.

Key words: Herbal drugs, standardization, quality control, Aconitum napellus, Kalmia latifolia, Crataegus monogyna, Atropa Belladonna, Digitalis purpurea.