, Volume 32, Issue 1–2, pp 40–44 | Cite as

Analytical supercritical fluid extraction of Chinese herbal medicines

  • X. Ma
  • X. Yu
  • Z. Zheng
  • J. Mao


An analytical supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) technique, followed by GC/MS, was developed to separate and determine the volatile components in Chinese herbal medicine. Three kinds of herbs, frankincense, myrrh, andEvodia rutaecarpa were extracted and analyzed. The extraction was carried out using supercritical fluid CO2 at 20 MPa and 50°C. The main factors affecting the efficiency and selectivity of the extraction are discussed. The results revealed the potential of supercritical fluid extraction as an analytical procedure for the study of medicinal plants.

Key Words

Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry Supercritical fluid extraction Frankincense and Myrrh Evodia rutaccarpa 


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© Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • X. Ma
    • 1
  • X. Yu
    • 1
  • Z. Zheng
    • 1
  • J. Mao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied ChemistryBeijing Institute of Chemical TechnologyBeijingChina

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