Simultaneous determination of total hypericin and hyperforin in St. John's wort extracts by HPLC with electrochemical detection.Phytochem Anal. 2007 May-Jun; 18(3):204-8.PA
An analytical procedure was developed for the simultaneous determination of total hypericin (protopseudohypericin, pseudohypericin, protohypericin and hypericin) and hyperforin in Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort) extracts and its preparations. The determination of total hypericin and hyperforin in one step was achieved by exposing the samples to artificial daylight in amber glass vials. This procedure allows both the photoconversion of the protoforms into the appropriate hypericins and the protection of the photosensitive hyperforin. For quantification, an HPLC method with electrochemical detection was applied. As an example of the application of the principle, two preparations containing St. John's wort were assayed.