The Quality of Selected South African and International Homoeopathic Mother Tinctures
The high potential variability of chemical composition of the plant material involved in the manufacture of homoeopathic mother tinctures a common source of homoeopathic medicines , renders both their quality control and assurance a significant challenge Pande and Pathak, The absence of significant regulations regarding the quality of Complementary and Alternative Medicines CAM in South Africa contributes to this challenge Gqaleni et al , In order to assess any quality differences between local and international manufacturers, the following homoeopathic mother tinctures, Artemisia absinthium, Rosmarinus officinalis e foliis recentibus, Salvia officinalis and Sambucus nigra , were chosen on the basis that they can be grown both locally in South Africa and internationally and are prepared according to the German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia GHP , method 3a. Photographs were taken of the resultant chromatograms, active components were identified, comparisons to the reference chromatograms were made and the overall quality of each homoeopathic mother tincture deduced. The quality of all nine of the selected samples manufactured internationally complied with the minimum quality standards set by the GHP.
Objectives: The objective of present preliminary study was to assess the anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-arthritic effect of some homoeopathic mother tinctures viz. Materials and Methods: Paw oedema was induced by administration of 0. Degree of inflammation was evaluated according to paw swelling. Result: Curcuma longa and Tribulus terresteris mother tinctures reduced hind paw swelling decreased the paw volume in Carrageenan treated rats. Thus, revealed potent activity against inflammation.