Even though Phytowerks is a newcomer to the natural products testing market segment, we are not neophytes. Pertinent technological training coupled with practice spanning over two decades includes botanic method development for analytical and preparative natural product chromatographic separations, establishment of a botanic identity HPTLC testing laboratory and performance of more than 5000 routine analyses without audit findings, and bench preparation of various novel chromatographic media which transferred flawlessly into production.
Medicinal plants have been used throughout the world over millennia for successful treatment of disease with cost effectiveness. While the precise mechanisms of action for a combination of actives present in a given botanic remain unclear at this time, what is becoming increasingly clear is that one compound can augment the effect of another, creating a pharmacological symphony or synergy. This is precisely the reason HPTLC remains the only single technique sufficiently adaptable to ensure the quality of naturally chemically complex and variable botanics. HPTLC yields a chromatogram with the whole sample and reference zones juxtaposed and stored for multiple detection methods on the same plate. HPTLC pharmacopeial monographs remain the principal qualitative procedure for botanic authentication.
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