M. Siddalingeswara, G. Kavya, K. Nandini, K. Sumala, Naresh Gorantla*
Department of Pharmaceutics, Balaji College of pharmacy, Ananthapuramu, Andhra Pradesh, India.
A B S T R A C T
Ayurveda, the science of life is an ancient system of medicine sprouted out in India. The basic formulations in Ayurveda are the Herbomineral preparations like Bhasmas, churnas, lehas, asavas, arishtas etc., and the usage of these herbomineral preparations increased drastically these days. Some of the available formulations are being adultrated with steroids to increase the efficiency of herbomineral preparations. Repeated use of steroids both internally and externally leads to severe side effects and hence an attempt has been made to identify the presence of steroids in the Ayurvedic formulations that are available in the local market of Anantapuramu. 25 formulations of different categories are purchased and evaluated for the presence of steroids by chemical tests i.e. Salkowoski test, Burchard reaction and Libermann-Burchard reaction. From this work it can be concluded that some of the ayurvedic formulations which promises to treat illness of the body may shows severe side effects as they were adulterated with steroids.
Keywords: Steroids, Herbomineral preparations, Salkowoski test, Burchard reaction and Libermann-Burchard reaction