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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:406365. doi: 10.1155/2013/406365. Epub 2013 Oct 21.

Use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for the detection of glycemic elements in Indian medicinal plants.

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Department of NMR, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029, India ; UJ Nanomaterials Science Research Group, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 17011, Doornfontein, Johannesburg 2028, South Africa.


The demand for interdisciplinary research is increasing in the new millennium to help us understand complex problems and find solutions by integrating the knowledge from different disciplines. The present review is an excellent example of this and shows how unique combination of physics, chemistry, and biological techniques can be used for the evaluation of Indian medicinal herbs used for treating diabetes mellitus. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a sensitive optical technique that is widely used for its simplicity and versatility. This review presents the most recent application of LIBS for detection of glycemic elements in medicinal plants. The characteristics of matrices, object analysis, use of laser system, and analytical performances with respect to Indian herbs are discussed.

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