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Research Journal of Medicinal Plants
Year: 2013  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 119 - 124

Quantification of Trace Elements in Some Multi-herbal Formulations

D.K. Ray and S. Jena    

Abstract: Popularity of herbal products is increasing worldwide for control and management of several diseases and disorders. They are studied extensively for their organic macro and micro nutrients. However less emphasis is given to their inorganic counterparts or Trace elements. To evaluate the presence of such inorganic micronutrients or trace elements in some herbal formulations, present study is undertaken. Elemental analysis was carried out by using Particle induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) technique. Four multi-herbal formulations commercially available for control and management of Diabetes mellitus were procured for the present study. Elements like potassium, calcium, vanadium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, rubidium, strontium have been quantified in these herbal formulations. They are found to contain varied proportions of these elements. Although rubidium and strontium have been detected in these multi-herbal formulations, the role of these elements in management of diabetes mellitus is lacking and needs further detailed investigation. The present study may be helpful for better understanding of the possible curative effect of the trace elements present in the herbal formulations for management of the diabetes mellitus. The PIXE method constitutes a promising analytical tool, which has the potential for routine testing of herbal products.

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