Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: The Basics of Industrial Application

Book Series: Frontiers in Horticulture

Volume 1


M. Paz Arraiza

DOI: 10.2174/97816810855001170101
eISBN: 978-1-68108-550-0, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-68108-551-7
ISSN: 2588-7874 (Print)
ISSN: 2588-7882 (Online)

This book provides readers a fundamental understanding of the science and applications of medicinal and aromatic plant materials. Chap...[view complete introduction]
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Chemical Analysis and Quality Control of MAPs

- Pp. 88-102 (15)

M. Paz Arraiza, Carlos Calderon-Guerrero, Silvia C. Guillen and Miguel A. Sarmiento


The therapeutic activity of a plant medicine is determined by its quality, security and efficacy. These must be controlled in an exact, precise and repeatable process. Quality control is the set of technical operations employed to verify the fulfilment of the quality requirements established. The variability of the plant material depends on the identity of the plant, its origin (wild harvested or cultivated), the harvesting time, the soil and climatic conditions, the organ or part of the plant used, and the phenology and ontogeny of the plant. The plant or drug quality must be determined by identification of the plant material, botanically, physically and chemically.

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