EVALUTION OF ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF RICINUS COMMUNIS LINN. LEAVESHTML Full Text
EVALUATION OF ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF RICINUS COMMUNIS LINN. LEAVES
Nirmale Dnyaneshwar Mahadev * and Balakshe Prajkta Vitthal
Yashoda Technical Campus, Satara Faculty of Pharmacy, Satara - 415015, Maharashtra, India.
ABSTRACT: Aqueous and ethanol-ethyl acetate chloroform-methanol extracts from the leaves of Ricinus communis were investigated for their anthelmintic activity against Pheretima posthuma, and three concentrations (50, 75 and 100 mg/ml) of each extract were studied for activity, in which paralysis and death time of the worm. Both the extract exhibited remarkable anthelminthic activity at all three concentrations. Albendazole suspension is used as standard reference (20 mg/ml) and distilled water as a control. Therefore the aqueous and ethanol methanol extract of leaves of Ricinus communis has been demonstrated for the first.
Pheretima posthuma, Ricinus communis, Anthelmintic activity, Helminthiasis
INTRODUCTION: Helminthiasis or worm infection is one of the most prevalent diseases in the World 1. The disease is highly prevalent particularly in third world countries due to poor management practices 2. The word Helminthes has been derived from the Greek which means ‘worm.’ Helminths infections are among the most common infections in man, affecting a large proportion of the world’s population. The parasites can be acquired by contact with a) infected Water b) infected meal c) infected animal 3. In developing countries, they pose a large threat to public health and contribute to the prevalence of malnutrition, anemia, eosinophilia, and pneumonia 4. Helminthiasis is a macro parasitic disease of humans and animals in which a part of the body is infested with parasitic worms such as pinworm, roundworm, or tapeworm 5.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 80% of the population of developing countries relies on traditional medicines, mostly plant drugs for their primary health care needs. The use of the medicinal plant is growing worldwide because of the increased toxicity and allergic manifestations of synthetic drugs. Hence there is an increasing demand towards natural Anthelmintic 6.
Ricinus communis also known as Castor oil plant belongs to family Euphorbiaceous. This plant is native of India, and it has spread thence over all the warmer countries of the world 7. It is an annual or perennial bush or occasionally a soft-wooded small tree grown up to 6 m or more, found nearly throughout India, Brazil, South Africa and Russia 8. In the Indian system of medicine, the leaf, root and seed oil of this plant have been used for the treatment of inflammation, liver disorders, hypoglycemic and laxative 9. Castor oil is widely used as a cathartic, and also for lubrication and illumination. Roots are administered in the form of a decoction for lumbago and the form of a paste for toothache 7. The stem of Ricinus communis has anticancer, ant diabetic and antiprotozoal activity 10.
The literature review indicates that the Anthelmintic activity on the leaves of Ricinus communis has not been evaluated so far and thus this paper reports the Anthelmintic activity on the extract of leaves of Ricinus communis Linn. against earthworms.
Authentication of Plant Material: The fresh leaves of Ricinus communis were collected from the Malshiras District Solapur, Maharashtra and authenticated head of the department of Yashvantrao Chavan Institute of Sciences, Satara.
Preparation of Extract: The leaves of Ricinus communis was subjected to shade drying. The dried bark was further crushed into powder and then stored in airtight containers for further analysis. The crude extract of leaves was prepared by ultrasonication extraction method. About 125mg of powdered plant material was uniformly packed into a thimble and extracted with solvents (2 liters each). Solvents used were ethanol, water, ethyl acetate chloroform-methanol then the beaker are kept in a sonicator for sonication extraction for time 60 minutes respectively. After the sonication filter, the extract then collects in different Petri plates and keep the Petri plates for evaporation at room temperature. Then collect all the extract keep in the refrigerator.
Standard Used for the Activity: Albendazole suspension in the concentration of 20mg/ml mfg. by Cipla Ltd used as the reference standard.
Animals: Earthworms (Pheretima posthuma) of about 4-5cm long were used for the anthelmintic activity, collected from Department of Agriculture, Satara.
Method: All the glass wares previously washed were sterilized in a hot air oven. Petri-dishes, pipettes, test tube was wrapped separately in the paper and kept in the hot air oven for sterilization at 180 °C for 1 h. Take 10 gm of powdered drug of night jasmine in 4 different beakers and then add 50ml of ethanol in each baker. Then the beaker is kept in a sonicator for sonication extraction for time 60 minutes. The Anthelmintic assay was carried out as per the method of Deore et al., with minor modifications 12. Earthworms were used for Anthelmintic activity. grouped in to control, standard, and aqueous, ethanol, methanol-ethyl acetate, chloroform, extract, four animals in each group having length 4-5 cm.
Albendazole was used as standard, where distilled water as a control in the first set of experiment, seven groups of four earthworms were released into 25 ml of solutions of aqueous and ethanol extracts of bark of Ricinus communis Linn (50, 75 and 100mg/ml each) in distilled water. They were observed for their spontaneous motility and evoked responses. The time required for paralysis and death of animals was noted for each sample. Time for paralysis was noted when no movement of any sort could be observed except when the worms were shaken vigorously. The death of the worm was ascertained by transferring it into a beaker containing hot water (50 °C), which stimulated and induced movements if the worm was alive. The death and total paralysis time was recorded at room temperature.
RESULT AND DISCUSSION: The result of Anthelmintic activity is shown in Table 1. In the present study ethanol, aqueous, methanol, ethyl acetate-chloroform the extracts showed remarkable Anthelmintic activity against intestinal parasitism.
All extract shows paralysis as well as the death of worms in less time than ethanol, methanol, and aqueous extract especially at higher concentration of 100mg/m
TABLE 1: RESULTS OF ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF RICINUS COMMUNIS LINN. EXTRACTS
|Extract||Concentration (mg/ml)||Time is taken for paralysis (min)||Time is taken for death (min)|
|Ethanol||50||20.50 ± 1.25||70.01 ± 0.50|
|75||17.20 ± 0.54||32.50 ± 1.25|
|100||9.50 ± 0.69||30.50 ± 0.44|
CONCLUSION: It can be concluded that the leaves of Ricinus communis possess Anthelmintic activity against the worms and hence further investigation of active principles might help in finding of new compounds, which will be effective against parasitic infections.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The author is thankful to all the management of Yashoda Technical Campus, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Satara for providing experiment facilities
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Nil
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How to cite this article:
Mahadev ND and Vitthal BP: Evalution of anthelmintic activity of Ricinus communis linn. leaves. Int J Pharmacognosy 2017; 4(12): 429-31. doi link: http://dx.doi.org/10.13040/IJPSR.0975-8232.IJP.4(12).429-31.
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N. D. Mahadev * and B. P. Vitthal
Yashoda Technical Campus, Satara Faculty of Pharmacy, Satara, Maharashtra, India.
24 June 2017
11 September 2017
17 September 2017
01 December 2017