ALCOHOL CONTENT OF HERBAL PREPARATIONS SOLD IN AWKA METROPOLIS, NIGERIA.

CHIKE SAMUEL OKAFOR, AMARACHI JUDITH IGBOKWE, OGBONNA SILVESTER OGBODO

Abstract


ABSTRACT

The study investigated the alcohol contents of herbal preparations sold in Awka metropolis, Nigeria. Nine (9) herbal samples were analyzed. Distillation method was used for the analysis. The result of the analysis showed that alcohol contents of the herbal sample ranged from 0.1+.00% to 22+.14%. The result showed that except for one of the samples, the alcohol content of the samples were within the range stipulated by European Medical Agency, which stipulated a range less than 5%. The results showed that herbal samples sold in Awka metropolis were largely safe for human consumption.

(Key words: herbal preparations, alcohol, distillation, European Medical Agency, Nigeria

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