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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 35-40

Physico-Phytochemical investigation and anti-inflammatory screening of capsicum annum L. and Hemidesmus indicus (Linn.) R. Br.

1 Department of chemistry, A.V.V.M. Sri Pushpam College (Autonomous), Poondi 613 503, India
2 Division of Bio-Medical Anthropology, Tribal Research Centre, Tamil University, Thanjavur-613 010, India
3 Survey of Medicinal Plants and Collection Unit (CCRH), Indira Nagar, Emerald-643 209, The Nilgiris, India
4 Siddaganga College of Pharmacy, Tumkur-572 102, Karnataka, India
5 School of Natural Product Studies, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700 032, India

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V Thirumurugan
Department of chemistry, A.V.V.M. Sri Pushpam College (Autonomous), Poondi 613 503
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Capsicum annum L. (Family: Solanaceae) and Hemidesmus indicus (Linn.) R.Br. (Family: Asclepiadaceae) are commonly used in Tamilnadufor treating various ailments in the native system of medicine. The hydroalcoholic extracts of both plants at dose level of 100 mg/kg body weight showed demonstrable anti-inflammatory activity in the carrageenan-induced hind paw model in rats. Nevertheless, the overall anti-inflammatory activity exhibited by the extracts are found to be less as compared with that of standard drug Indometacin. Preliminary physico-phytochemical analysis of the plants in question were attempted. The results are highlighted and discussed.

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