Powdered Ginger
» Powdered Ginger is Ginger reduced to a fine or a very fine powder.
Packaging and storage— Preserve in well-closed containers, protected from light and moisture, and store in a cool area.
Labeling— The label states the Latin binomial and, following the official name, the part of the plant source from which the article was derived.
Botanic characteristics— Under a microscope, Powdered Ginger reveals mainly starch granules and parenchyma cells containing them; simple, large, flattened, ovoid or sack-shaped starch granules, 5 to 15 µm wide and 30 to 60 µm long having an eccentric hilum, some showing faint transverse striations; parenchyma cells containing yellow-brown to dark brown resinous substances; groups of large, thin-walled nonlignified septate fibers with wide lumen; portions of septate fibers with attached vessels; large vessels with annular, spiral, or reticulate thickening and often accompanied by parenchyma cells containing brown content; oleoresin in fragments or droplets, staining with iodine TS and potassium iodide TS; and, rarely, fragments of brown cork tissue, usually seen in surface view. Sclerenchymatous cells, trichomes, and calcium oxalate absent.
Heavy metals 231: 0.002%.
Other requirements— It responds to the Identification tests and meets the requirements for Total ash, Acid-insoluble ash, Water-soluble ash, Water, Alcohol-soluble extractives, Water-soluble extractives, Volatile oil content, Pesticide residues, Microbial enumeration, Starch content, Limit of shogaols, and Content of gingerols and gingerdiones under Ginger.
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Topic/Question Contact Expert Committee
Monograph Maged H. Sharaf, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
(DSB05) Dietary Supplements - Botanicals
Reference Standards Lili Wang, Technical Services Scientist
USP32–NF27 Page 1016
Pharmacopeial Forum: Volume No. 33(3) Page 479