Author : R. Rajendran*
Herbs have now become a source of medicinal drugs that can be used as supplements or as - drugs for ailments of various disorders. Moreover, complementary medicines (i.e a combination of standard drug and herbal drug) may help in reducing side effects and increasing the drug potency. The market for herbal drugs is growing rapidly due to its use in different industries like medicinal, nutraceutical, cosmetic and textile . Due to the large scale usage of herbal drugs, government and private organizations are searching for ways to determine their quality, consistency, efficacy and safety. Hence, in the preliminary stage herbal ingredients have to be standardized and potential biomarkers in these herbs needs to be identified. Also, research is being conducted to find low cost detection methods using common spectroscopic instruments for specific biomarkers. This review provides a brief overview of the importance of biomarkers in the herbal industry.