Biopharmaca IPB Introduced the Fingerprint Technique of Herbal Chromatography
Fingerprint technique had been long used by Police State to do the crime investigation, because the fingerprint could be used as the authentic evidence. Like you did not want to miss, Center for Biopharmaca (PSB), Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) of IPB introduced the fingerprint technique of chromatography for herbal evaluation.
As mentioned by Rudi Heryanto, SSi, M.Si, the researcher from PSB IPB, on the sidelines of Workshop on Herbal Quality Control: Sample Preparation and Thin Layer Chromatography Fingerprint for Sample Identification, at IICC recently. Rudi analogized, turmeric and ginger when it was extracted would be difficult to distinguish because the color was the same i.e. yellow so as to distinguish it needed special technique, namely the chromatography fingerprint technique.
Further Rudi explained various ways could be used for showing the chemical composition of a medicinal plant. Chromatography essentially was a way to separate a mixture of chemical compounds into its components. Its rough analogy was the chromatography like raindrops which could decompose the white light of the sun to the rainbow color. The chromatographic fingerprint meant the patterns of chemical compositions if a mixture shown by the chromatographic technique. The patterns of chemical compositions generally were typical for a certain medicinal plants, so that it could be used to show the wide differences in chemical content of various medicinal plants.
Various uses of health of the medicinal plants were determined by a variety of chemical content in it. One of medicinal plants could have the different chemical composition if growing in the different environment. This workshop presented three key speakers: Dr. M. Rafi (Center for Biopharmaca of IPB), Dr. Chaidir Amin (Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology/BPPT) and Thomas Behr from Heidolph. (wly)