Testing for Steroids and Drugs in Herbal Medicines

India has a strong heritage and tradition of using traditional medicines for treatment of both day to day and chronic ailments. All of us believe in and trust the medicines from the Ayurveda, Siddha, Unanai 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 of 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. 

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, pain killers 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 fill the Quick Query Form on the right to contact us for more details and to get your samples tested.



  1. Seema says

    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. Seema says

    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. renu says

    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. ravinder arya says

    my father is having some problem in respiratory system..like 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 me..how i can check it???

  5. Richa says

    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

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