Due to pandemic Covid-19, suddenly the vast population is drawn towards herbal drug treatment in India. In India, Ayurveda is practised to a greater extent as it does not have any side effects or other major effects. They are also added in many nutraceutical products like Chyawanprash, honey, etc. There are a lot of medicinal floras sold in the market in the form of small twigs, pieces of roots, stems or leaves of which decoction is made and consumed. The consumers are unaware of the authenticity of these crude drugs that lead to the deterioration in their health owing to the consumption of inferior quality of products or their substitute or the illicit bioadulterants which look like any other common plant part. The herbal drugs could also be in the form of tablet, powder, etc. which might be adulterated with look-alike plant products. Thus, a new branch of Forensic Science, i.e. Herbal Drugs Forensic which deals with identification of fake herbal product by various techniques which might be chemical or biological in nature has come up. In fact, the analytical methods for the testing of various bioconstituents need to be standardized and validated. Thus to prevent herbal drug fraud, it has become necessary to develop the methods for their detection through an emerging field of Forensic Science, i.e. Herbal Drugs Forensic.
Part of the book: Forensic Analysis