Identification of medicinal plants is traditionally one of the premier fields of application for TLC. When quality and safety became an issue, methods for identification of herbal drugs by TLC fingerprint were readily implemented into pharmacopoeias all over the world. Recently the USP, the European Pharmacopoeia, and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia have revised their general TLC method section in order to keep up with the state of the art of the technique.
Methods for identification of some of the most important herbal drugs are available from CAMAG free of charge. Now a comprehensive validated method for the identification of the Ginseng species (Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng), CAMAG application note F-31; American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium), CAMAG application note F-32; and Notoginseng (Panax notoginseng); CAMAG application note F-33) and adulterations can be obtained free of charge from the CAMAG Laboratory using the 'Contact' button below. The method allows rapid and reliable identification of multiple samples on the same plate within 15 min. Based on the separation of the major ginsenosides species can be discriminated. Validated methods are also available for the identification of Eleuthero, Green Tea, Echinacea, Black Cohosh, Feverfew, Kava kava, Milk Thistle, Licorice, and Ginger.