Safety evaluation of gymnema sylvestre and terminalia belerica

H. S. Chahal, S. S. Agrawal


Herbal drugs are not safe always. They may be contaminated with pathogen microbes, aflatoxins, pesticide residues and heavy metals. In the present work two herbal drugs Gymnema sylvestre and Terminalia belerica, which are commonly used as ayurvedic medicines are evaluated for the presence of these contaminants. Pathogenic microbes, aflatoxins and pesticide residues are found to be absent. Metals and heavy metals are found to be present but in small concentrations.
Key words: Gymnema sylvestre, Terminalia belerica, Aflatoxin, Pesticide residues.

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