Analysis of metal content in herbal medicines

Jurca Tünde, Marian Eleonora, Vicas Laura, M. Braun, Tóth Imre

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Abstract

In many European countries, including Romania, the statutory regulation of herbal products as medicines has led pharmaceutical companies to orient themselves towards the production of herbal medicines. In this paper we determined the metal content of certain phytochemical products produced by a Romanian company. The medicinal plants are cultivated by the company producing the phytochemicals on large areas and even in organic farming system. An acid-assisted microwave digestion procedure is optimized for the determination of metals in the products analyzed by the use of Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry techniques. Thus, the analysis of the content of six types of capsules determined that they contain a lot of chemicals, metals like calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, strontium, manganese. The analysis also determined that the capsules contain toxic elements (Cd, As, Cr, Mo), but which are present in small quantities, within the toxicity limits stipulated by the law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1395-1398
Number of pages4
JournalRevista de Chimie
Volume64
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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Metals
Phytochemicals
Capsules
Industry
Strontium
Poisons
Inductively coupled plasma
Manganese
Magnesium
Spectrometry
Medicine
Toxicity
Zinc
Potassium
Sodium
Microwaves
Calcium
Acids
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • 1CP-0ES
  • Herbal products
  • Microwave digestion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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Tünde, J., Eleonora, M., Laura, V., Braun, M., & Imre, T. (2013). Analysis of metal content in herbal medicines. Revista de Chimie, 64(12), 1395-1398.

Analysis of metal content in herbal medicines. / Tünde, Jurca; Eleonora, Marian; Laura, Vicas; Braun, M.; Imre, Tóth.

In: Revista de Chimie, Vol. 64, No. 12, 12.2013, p. 1395-1398.

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Tünde, J, Eleonora, M, Laura, V, Braun, M & Imre, T 2013, 'Analysis of metal content in herbal medicines', Revista de Chimie, vol. 64, no. 12, pp. 1395-1398.
Tünde J, Eleonora M, Laura V, Braun M, Imre T. Analysis of metal content in herbal medicines. Revista de Chimie. 2013 Dec;64(12):1395-1398.
Tünde, Jurca ; Eleonora, Marian ; Laura, Vicas ; Braun, M. ; Imre, Tóth. / Analysis of metal content in herbal medicines. In: Revista de Chimie. 2013 ; Vol. 64, No. 12. pp. 1395-1398.
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