DNA barcodes reveal adulteration in traditional medicines

Traditional medicines in the large unorganised market contain spurious plant extracts and, sometimes, heavy metals that pose serious risks to health, an exhaustive genetics-based study has revealed.

The set of studies shows that traditional medicinal markets are replete with unrelated plant materials that substitute for endangered or rare ones, while the final product, in some instances, contains heavy metals, particularly lead.

In a review published in the journal Drug Safety earlier this year, scientists from Bengaluru, working with their counterparts in Canada, have called for a herbal trade authentication system to address “concerns over widespread adulteration.”..Read more


Source web page: The Hindu

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