PHARMACOGNOSTICAL, PHYTOCHEMICAL AND ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY ON FLOWERS OF JASMINUM GRANDIFLORUM LINN. (OLEACEAE)Abstract
Jasminum grandiflorum Linn. is a scrambling deciduous shrub. Its leaves are used as Ayurvedic herbal medicine, and its flowers are used to adorn the coiffure of women. The plant is bitter, astringent, acrid, thermogenic, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, anodyne, depurative, emmenagogue, emollient, diuretic, anthelmintic, deobstruent, dentifrice, suppurative tonic. Since, the literature has restricted Jasminum grandiflorum Linn. with agricultural and botanical limits, efforts were undertaken to unmask the extremely useful yet hidden therapeutic potential of the plant. Pharmacognostical and phytochemical analysis revealed the major presence of flavonoids, carbohydrates, alkaloids, glycosides and few other constituents. Pharmacological study of four extracts (n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and ethanolic extracts) on the flowers of Jasminum grandiflorum Linn. was prepared and screened for its anthelmintic activity using indian adult earthworms (Pheretima posthuma). Ethanolic extract was found to be more potent and effective out of the four extracts.
R. Radha *, C. K. Aarthi, V. Santhoshkumar and G. Thangakamatchi
Department of Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
02 September 2016
02 October 2016
27 October 2016
31 October 2016