Testing for Steroids and Drugs in Herbal Medicines

India has a strong heritage and tradition of using traditional medicines for the treatment of both days to a day and chronic ailments.

All of us believe in and trust the medicines from the Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy systems. With the advancement in the manufacturing and quality control of Herbal medicines, the quality of these products has improved and today is at par with the modern system of medicine. 

But despite these advancements, it is not uncommon to find traditional medicines adulterated with modern medicines often at higher than recommended doses to achieve magical results. Prolonged consumption of these adulterated medicines can have serious even irreversible side effects.

Steroids in Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic medicine is a widely used form of treating minor and major ailments across the world. However, more than often, patients are worried about the quality of the medicine and need to be assured of the quality of the drugs before considering them as a treatment option.

Patients are often scoured with reports stating that homeopathic medicines are doused with a considerable amount of cortisone (steroids) to achieve the desired results. Homeopathic companies need to consult with testing labs for quality control of homeopathic medicines to build trust with their customers.

How to Check for Steroids in Homeopathic Medicine?

Testing labs use Immunoassays, HPLC, RIA, and ELISA to test for the presence of steroids in medicine. Simple spectroscopy can also be used to detect the presence or absence of steroids in medicine.

Steroids in Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic medicine is practised by many in India and around the world to treat and manage several conditions. Over the years, this lineage of medicine has seen major advancements and has come a long way when compared to the time of its inception.

Many first time users are concerned about the quality of the substances used in the preparation and the presence of adulteration synthetics. Adultering ayurvedic medicine can have significant negative effects.

The biggest fear of seasoned and first-time users of ayurvedic medicine is the fear of inclusion of steroids such as cortisone in their medicine.

There have been many reports of sham doctors mixing cortisone with ayurvedic concoctions and duping villages and towns by claiming it as a ‘miracle drug’.

Arbro Labs is one of the recognised ayurvedic medicine testing centers in the country. If you are worried about the authenticity of your medicine, our experienced research team can check your samples and produce accurate test results.

If you’re a business owner in the Ayurveda space, getting a certification attesting that your medicine is steroid free can help build confidence with your customer.

Quality Control of Herbal Medicines

About 80% of the world uses herbal medicine and a large concentration of this is contributed by the developing and underdeveloped countries in Asia and Africa.

Herbal medicine is now being widely adopted around the world and the percentage of its users is increasing. This rapid increase causes the demand to rise and the shortage of raw materials that are used to prepare this natural herbal medicine.

To overcome this wave, few manufacturers adulterate the composition to make a quick buck by adding cortisones and other known chemical compounds.

In these times, it is essential that even herbal medicines are brought in under the review of ‘Quality control’ to ensure that the compounds mentioned on the packaging material match with the ones inside the box to ensure absolute authenticity and regulate the quality of herbal medicines.

We at Arbro have been conducting lab testing of herbal medicines for over 20 years and have developed tests for quickly and cost-effectively identifying adulteration of herbal medicines with modern medicines such as steroids, painkillers, and antibiotics.

If you or a family member is using an unlabeled, loose herbal medicine and want to get a lab test for steroids in Ayurvedic medicines or other herbal medicines you can contact us and get the sample tested to avoid long-term side effects. The results of the analysis can be given within two working days of us receiving the samples in our lab.

The analysis is carried out by highly experienced members of our team using sophisticated instruments like High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, and Mass Spectroscopy depending on the nature of the sample and amount of the adulterant added.

 It is important that you share with us the disease for which the medicine is being taken to narrow down the possible adulterants and provide for more accurate test results. We require at least 5 grams of the sample to successfully conduct the testing.

Please find the below-given table for tests and prices :

TestsSteroids OnlyHeavy Metals OnlyPain Killers OnlySteroids and Heavy MetalsSteroids and Pain KillerSteroids, Pain Killers and Heavy Metals
Dexamethasone   ✔
Betamethasone   ✔ ✔
Prednisolone   ✔ ✔
Lead  ✔  ✔  ✔
Arsenic  ✔  ✔  ✔
Cadmium  ✔  
Mercury  ✔  
Paracetamol   ✔  ✔
Diclofenac Sodium   
Phenyl Butazone   
Prices₹ 2500/- +tax ₹2500/- +tax₹2500/- +tax₹4000/- +tax ₹ 4000/ +tax₹ 5000/- +tax


















Please download the below-given pdf copy of customer registration form and request letter for the above tests, fill them and send with a demand draft of the desired tests to the given address : 

Customer Registration Form
Request Letter

Arbro Pharmaceuticals Private Ltd.,
4/9 Kirti Nagar Industrial Area,
New Delhi – 110015
Contact No. 011-45754575

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