Molecular Testing

Microscopic Identification of Chinese Materia Medica

Microscopic Identification is a common method to authenticate Chinese Materia Medica (CMM). Using a microscope to identify the characters of structural and cellular features, cells and ergastic substances in section, powder, disintegrated tissue or surface slides of CMM samples in order to determine their botanical origins and assess their qualities according to the Hong Kong Chinese Material Medica (HKCMM) Standards.

Normal light microscopy combined with polariscope and fluorescence microscopy are used in the authentication of CMMs. Structures and cells of herbs have been found to possess stable and specific polariscopic and fluorescent characteristics that can be used to determine the botanical identification of CMMs. Establishing a correlation between microscopic features and active components distributed in a plant’s tissues will enable quality evaluation of Chinese Materia Medica by microscopy.

 

Test services offered:

1. SALVIAE MILTIORRHIZAE RADIX 丹參

2. ANGELICAE SINENSIS RADIX 當歸

3. GINSENG RADIX 人參

4. PANACIS QUINQUEFOLII RADIX 西洋參

5. NOTOGINSENG RADIX 三七

6. BELAMCANDAE RHIZOMA 射干

7. GASTRODIAE RHIZOMA 天麻

8. POLYGALAE RADIX 遠志

9. FRITILLARIAE THUNBERGII BULBUS 浙貝母

10. FRITILLARIAE USSURIENSIS BULBUS 平貝母

 

Contact:

Mr. Duan Ran

Tel: +852 23587338

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About the Centre

Laboratory for Molecular Testing
Laboratory for Molecular Testing
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

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Room 6145, Division of Life Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon , Hong Kong, China
2358 5892