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Application of molecular distillation technology in Chinese and Western medicine

2023-06-27 17:06:56

Molecular distillation is a process that achieves separation by exploiting differences between chemical substances and is widely used in a variety of fields, including chemistry, food and pharmaceutical production. It also has a wide range of applications in Chinese and Western medicine.

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Molecular distillation techniques in Chinese medicine

Molecular distillation has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. As early as the Tang Dynasty, medical practitioners used distillation technology to extract the active ingredients of medicines and make concentrates or medicinal wines for use. In contemporary times, molecular distillation has been more widely used, and its main advantage is its ability to produce high quality proprietary Chinese medicine preparations in large quantities, ensuring the stability and consistency of the active ingredients in Chinese herbal medicines.

By using molecular distillation technology, harmful substances and impurities can be removed from herbs and the active ingredients purified. In the case of Bai Shao, for example, the ineffective components are removed during the distillation process, resulting in a purer concentrate and a more concentrated active ingredient. In Chinese medicine, molecular distillation technology is used in a wide range of applications, including herbal preparations specifically for coughs, bronchitis, chronic lung diseases, liver and gall bladder disorders and other diseases.

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Molecular distillation techniques in Western medicine

Molecular distillation is also used extensively in western medicine, mainly in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. In the field of pharmaceutical production, the use of molecular distillation improves the purity and quality of pharmaceuticals, which is very useful in the manufacture of drugs such as antibiotics and hormones.

In addition, molecular distillation technology is also widely used in the cosmetics industry, the most important of which is the manufacture of essential oils. Essential oils are a mixture of extracts from plants that have been widely recognised for their medicinal and cosmetic benefits. Extraction of essential oils using molecular distillation removes impurities and undesirable substances from the plant, improving the purity and quality of the oil. Molecular distillation is widely used in plants such as grapefruit, peppermint and lemon.

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Advantages of molecular distillation

The main advantage of molecular distillation is that it allows the separation and simultaneous production of high purity chemical substances. The basic principle is that by heating a mixture to a certain temperature under high pressure, the components are sorted and separated according to their boiling point. Molecular distillation does not require the use of any solvents and therefore has a low impact on the environment. In addition, the technique reduces unnecessary energy consumption and waste generation during the production process.

Advantages of molecular distillation in the pharmaceutical industry

Molecular distillation has the following advantages over conventional distillation techniques:

Molecular distillation can be carried out at lower temperatures, thus reducing the breakdown and deactivation of compounds.

By controlling pressure and temperature, the volatility and boiling point of molecules can be more precisely controlled, resulting in more accurate separation and purification.

Molecular distillation can be carried out under vacuum, thus reducing oxidation and other reactions and helping to maintain the stability and activity of the compound.

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Molecular distillation can efficiently and economically improve the purity and quality of compounds, thus reducing the difficulty and cost of subsequent handling and processing.

Molecular distillation can be automated and intelligently controlled, resulting in more accurate, faster and safer operations.Feel free to get in touch with us at

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