Planta Med 1994; 60(4): 369-372
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-959503

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MEKC as an Improved Method to Detect Falsifications in the Flowers of Arnica montana and A. chamissonis

P. G. Pietta1 , P. L. Mauri1 , A. Bruno1 , I. Merfort2
  • 1Dip. Scienze e Tecnologie Biomediche, via Celoria 2, I-20133 Milano, Italy
  • 2Institut für Pharmazeutische Biologie, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Universitätsstraße 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Federal Republic of Germany
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Publication Date:
04 January 2007 (online)


Arnica montana and Arnica chamissonis ssp. foliosa flowers are often adultered by blending them with those from Heterotheca inuloides. TLC, HPLC, and TSP LC/MS have been proposed to detect this kind of falsification. A new method based on micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) has been developed. This procedure permits us to characterize rapidly each drug and to detect easily falsifications from H. inuloides in Arnica drugs.