Pharmaceutical Chemistry Journal

, Volume 50, Issue 10, pp 659–667 | Cite as

Comparison of the Chemical Compositions of Galanthus Woronowii Losinsk. and Galanthus Nivalis L. Homeopathic Mother Tinctures by Gas Chromatography with Mass-Selective Detection


The chemical compositions of homeopathic mother tinctures (HMT) from the two snowdrop species Galanthus woronowii Losinsk. and Galanthus nivalis L. were compared using gas chromatography with mass-selective detection (GC-MS). A total of 13 compounds were identified in G. woronowii HMT; 42, in G. nivalis HMT. The common constituents of the two tinctures were ethyl-α-D-glucopyranoside, ethyl-α-D-riboside, ethyl linoleate, and 2,3-dihydro-3,5-dihydroxy-6-methyl-4H-pyran-4-one. The main marker compounds (galantamine and licorine) were determined. Their contents were used to standardize the homeopathic drugs.


Galanthus woronowii Losinsk G. nivalishomeopathic mother tinctures galantamine licorine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.I. M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Ministry of Public Health of the Russian FederationMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Federal Research Center of Nutrition and BiotechnologyMoscowRussia

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