Identification of Ten Seeds Easily Confused and Misused Raw Materials of Chinese Medicine
National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine plants have been using for a long period of time. But within the period of inheriting the knowledge concerned and the environmental limitation, a few changes happened, such as the lost of traditional Chinese medicinal books and records, the changes of the source of Chinese Medicine plants and the substitution of the Chinese Medicine plants used. All these, making the Chinese Medicine plants used at the moment are so different from what they have been considered. The Chinese Medicine plants sold at Taiwan’s market appeal to be misused, or confused easily. This phenomenon happens because of the confusing naming system used for Chinese Medicine plants, such as different Chinese Medicine plants might share the same name, or a name might represent different kinds of Chinese Medicine plants or its substitutions, or in an even worse condition, the false Chinese Medicine plants are used. This happens especially to the seed, due to its small in size, the similarity in its appearance, its easiness being mixed-up-with. The aim of our project is to authenticate the 10 chosen seeds bought from the market which are easily misused or confused usually. Through the appearance and the microscopic characteristic of the seed examined, the comparison between the active/marker ingredients of the seed or the comparison with chromatography of the authenticated seed concerned, and, the DNA sequence analysis of the seed, we might able to establish the database for justifying the seed through their authentication. In this way, we might provide reference for the using of correct modern Chinese Medicine plants. Meanwhile, we might also enhance the safety for using Chinese Medicine plants.