Several Ayurvedic medicines readily available are found to contain steroids and heavy metal, both harmful to the human body if taken in excess.Ayurvedic medicines given by the vaidyas – be it in the form of bhasma or churan-, which people swallow in with great faith, could contain steroid and toxic metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic.
In order to ensure quality control, quality assurance and safety for Ayurveda and Siddha drugs, the quality of herbal products need to be monitored with creation of awareness amongst all concerned.i.e,
- Physical Analysis
- Chemical analysis
- Microbial analysis
The quality of drugs is beyond the understanding of common man. It’s the responsibility of the Department to ensure the availability of quality drugs to the public and the market is free from counterfeit, spurious and substandard drugs and no drugs are sold at a price higher than the retail price marked on the container. Department of AYUSH , Ministry of Health and Family welfare Government of India isregulating so many laws related to the drugs and cosmetics whereby the safety of the consumer is protected .