Accurate Authentication and Quality Control Method of Herbal Medicines


As an increase in people’s awareness of health, traditional Chinese medicine becomes more and more popular. Authentication and quality analysis of herbs used in Chinese medicine is crucial for ensuring safety and efficacy. This technology provides a low cost, efficient, stable and convenient tool with reduced uncertainties in the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of herbs used in Chinese medicine.

  • Accurate Authentication and Quality Control Method of Herbal Medicines
Commercialisation opportunities
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Problem addressed

The conventional authentication methods for herbs greatly depend on the experience of botanical experts and subjective judgement; and the other is based on DNA bio-coding, which is very expensive and time-consuming.

  • This patented technology aims to target some unique polysaccharide markers which can be successfully applied to the authentication of Tiepi Shihu and Cordyceps products.
  • Apart from authentication, this method can assess the herb’s quality by distinguishing the quantity of the polysaccharide.
Key impact
  • This technology provides a new detection method that can accurately distinguish the genuine product from other varieties. It is simple, and no other reagents are needed.
  • Currently, this is being adopted by the industry for both qualitative and quantitative authentication of these expensive Chinese medicines.
  • It facilitates the upgrading of the traditional Chinese medicine industry with the support of innovative technologies and helps to boost consumer confidence in the long run.
  • Excellence Award (the third prize) in the 2nd Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) High-Value Patent Portfolio Contest 2020
  • Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2021
  • Qualitative and quantitative authentication of expensive Chinese medicines


  • US Patent No. US 10359407
  • China Patent No. ZL 201410330544.4
  • Hong Kong Patent No. HK 1200119
  • Macao Patent No. J/003077
  • US Patent No. US 8999719
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