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ANALYSIS OF HEAVY METALS AND MICROBIAL LOAD IN DHADHU VIRTHI KULIGAI

Dr. Rathinam J.*, Dr. Murugavel R., Dr. Anbarasan B., Dr. Uthrapathi S. and Dr. M. Murugesan

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Standardization of herbal medicine is necessary in present days to ensure the quality of the drug. The present study aimed at analysis of heavy metals and microbial load contaminant in the siddha drug Dhadhu Virthi Kuligai. The results revealed that 0.0373ppm of Lead is present in the drug and total bacterial count was found to be 3 x 103 CFU/g. Other toxic metals such as Arsenic, Mercury and cadmium are absent in the drug and microbial contaminants such as E.coli, Enterobacteriaceae, Salmonella spp. and Staphylococcus aureus are also absent in DVK. Hence, the drug is free of toxic heavy metals and microbial contaminants.

Keywords: Dhadhu Virthi Kuligai, Heavy metals, microbial load.


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