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Testing for Steroids and Drugs in Herbal Medicines

India has a strong heritage and tradition of using traditional medicines for the treatment of both days to a day and chronic ailments.

All of us believe in and trust the medicines from the Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy systems. With the advancement in the manufacturing and quality control of Herbal medicines, the quality of these products has improved and today is at par with the modern system of medicine. 

But despite these advancements, it is not uncommon to find traditional medicines adulterated with modern medicines often at higher than recommended doses to achieve magical results. Prolonged consumption of these adulterated medicines can have serious even irreversible side effects.

Steroids in Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic medicine is practised by many in India and around the world to treat and manage several conditions. Over the years, this lineage of medicine has seen major advancements and has come a long way when compared to the time of its inception.

Many first time users are concerned about the quality of the substances used in the preparation and the presence of adulteration synthetics. Adultering ayurvedic medicine can have significant negative effects.

The biggest fear of seasoned and first-time users of ayurvedic medicine is the fear of inclusion of steroids such as cortisone in their medicine.

There have been many reports of sham doctors mixing cortisone with ayurvedic concoctions and duping villages and towns by claiming it as a ‘miracle drug’.

Arbro Labs is one of the recognised ayurvedic medicine testing centers in the country. If you are worried about the authenticity of your medicine, our experienced research team can check your samples and produce accurate test results.

If you’re a business owner in the Ayurveda space, getting a certification attesting that your medicine is steroid free can help build confidence with your customer.

We at Arbro have been conducting lab testing of herbal medicines for over 20 years and have developed tests for quickly and cost-effectively identifying adulteration of herbal medicines with modern medicines such as steroids, painkillers, and antibiotics.

If you or a family member is using an unlabeled, loose herbal medicine and want to get a lab test for steroids in Ayurvedic medicines or other herbal medicines you can contact us and get the sample tested to avoid long-term side effects. The results of the analysis can be given within two working days of us receiving the samples in our lab.

The analysis is carried out by highly experienced members of our team using sophisticated instruments like High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, and Mass Spectroscopy depending on the nature of the sample and amount of the adulterant added.

 It is important that you share with us the disease for which the medicine is being taken to narrow down the possible adulterants and provide for more accurate test results. We require at least 5 grams of the sample to successfully conduct the testing.

Please find the below-given table for tests and prices :

Please download the below-given pdf copy of customer registration form and request letter for the above tests, fill them and send with a demand draft of the desired tests to the given address : 

Customer Registration Form
Request Letter

Arbro Pharmaceuticals Private Ltd.,
4/9 Kirti Nagar Industrial Area,
New Delhi – 110015
Contact No. 011-45754575

22 Responses

  1. I am a diabetic patient since 12 years. My fasting sugar was 150 – 200. Some doctors advised me to have insulin injections. But recently I tried a new medicine named Vildagliptin 50 mg. and sugar level came down to 100-120. But I am suspecting some steroids in this medicine. Could you please advise how to check the presence of steroids. Kindly advise.

  2. This comment is in continuation to the previous one…I forgot the to mention one more name of medicine i.e. Pioglitazone HCI with Metformin HCI Sustained Release and Glimepiride

  3. Hello sir my husband nd mother in law are diabetics and taking some ayurvedic medicines there sugar level is und control but there are many other physical problems are arising now so I am having a doubt on the medicines they are taking .I don’t know the place where I can send those medicine to check whether they are having steroids or not so help me@out thanks regards

  4. my father is having some problem in respiratory problem in breathing,can not walk longer, diabetic..then
    he consult a ayurvedic doctor & get a powder from him…salty in taste..
    and from day first.. my father is feeling very good & energetic…..
    feeling very healthy..
    I am susspecting of steriods..Please tell i can check it???

  5. My father having sciatic pain as I read in your site to know about steroids in non labeled medicine I want to get it check please let me know where I have to send sample thanks in advance

  6. Hi,

    I am trying homeopathic medicines for allergy cough. I’m not sure of the contents as it is unlabelled.
    Would like to check for presence of steroids.
    What is the cost?

  7. HI, the cost is given in the table above. You can choose what all you want to check for.

  8. I have a proprietary herbal medicine that needs to be tested for steroids and analgesic chemical compounds. How do I submit the sample to your lab and how much does the test cost. I did see the table above and wanted an elaborate answer. I needed to know if the tests detect phyosterols too.

  9. Hello
    I am gaurav.
    I want to get an ayurvedic medicine powder check for steroids or any other harmful chemicals.
    Kindly tell the amount and procedure.

  10. I have started some ayurvedic medicine for migraine and lower back pain. I would like to have the medicine tested for steroid and I feel sleepy after taking so for that too. I am also highly allergic to diclofenac… just fyi

  11. I have been a Diabetic patient for the last13 years and I was on Insulin also for the last 3 and half years, taking almost 35 units per day.But last month I was introduced to Siddda medicine who advised me to stop all allopathy tablets and take only Siddda tablets and reduce my insulin intake to 15 units once in the night.As a result my readings are almost normal.The cough with lot of phlem which pestered me for five months vanished within two days.I got my body checkup and all the parameters are absolutely normal.Usually the first primary adverse effect will be on kidneys and it is 0.87 and rest like lipid profile etc are all fine and have better readings.Do you think they have steroids? It’s almost fourth days since I started taking them. If they contained steroids, their adverse effects would have manifested by now.Whats your opinion? Please reply.

  12. Dear Krishna, you will be surprised at what allopathic medicines we find in anti daibetic herbal formulations. I would highly recommend getting the sample tested before taking it regularly

  13. Dear Sir,
    One of our friend is prescribed an ayurvedic medicine for her joint pain, with this medicine she gets instant relief, we are now suspecting steroid is adulterated with this ayurvedic medicine, we want to get is tested, kindly advice where to send sample


    Dr. Anju Arora
    Mobile – +91 9822227191

  14. Dear Anju Arora,

    Thank you for reaching out. We understand the importance of ensuring the safety of the ayurvedic medicine your friend is taking. Our team will promptly contact you to discuss the details of sample testing. Rest assured, we’re committed to assisting you in addressing this concern and ensuring the well-being of your friend. Please feel free to reach out at +91-8588851888.

  15. I wish to check my relative is taking ayurvedic medicine,so improved fast I wish to check

  16. Thank you for your kind words! We’re glad you enjoyed the article and found it valuable. We’ll definitely keep sharing more content like this in the future. Your appreciation means a lot to us. Thank you again for taking the time to leave such a positive comment!

  17. Hi
    My father age 81 , mother age 75 and Brother age 54 are diabetic patient from long. They were taking allopathy medicine to control diabetes. Few months back we came across a doctor who gave ayurvedic medicine a liquid and powder with printed content on it. But quantity of herbal items are not written on it.
    Acharia jis number mobile number is mentioned on label and even he pick the call and give clarification on medicine.
    On label it’s written that medicine is registered and registration number is also mentioned.

    After taking the ayurvedic medicine you will not believe the sugar level has come down to normal in 15 days and now they are not taking any allopathy medicine
    Ayurvedic medicine is taken once in a day only

    I would like to clear my doubt of steroids in this ayurvedic medicine.

    Kindly suggest a solution on this

  18. Thank you for your inquiry. Your request has been forwarded to our team for immediate attention. They will reach out to you shortly via email to address your concerns. Should you have any urgent matters or further questions please feel free to contact us directly at +91-8588851888.

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