Recent advances in the compound-oriented and pattern-oriented approaches to the quality control of herbal medicines

Zhongda Zeng, Foo Tim Chau, Hoi Yan Chan, Chui Yee Cheung, Tsui Yan Lau, Shuiyin Wei, Kam Wah Mok, Chi On Chan, Yizeng Liang

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The current approaches to the quality control of herbal medicines are either compound-oriented or pattern-oriented, the former targeting specific components with some known chemical properties and the latter targeting all detectable components. The marker approach uses specific chemical compounds with known molecular structures, while the multi-compound approach uses both chemical compounds with known structures and those with partial chemical information e.g. retention times, mass spectra and ultraviolet spectra. Apart from chromatographic techniques, new techniques such as oscillating and electrochemistry fingerprints have been developed for quality control. Chemometric resolution methods are widely used for component deconvolution and data comparison. Pattern recognition techniques are used for authentication of herbal medicines.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
JournalChinese Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Pharmacology

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