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Title: Ethnomedicinal uses of Eclipta prostrta Linn.
Authors: Khan, Abdul Viqar
Khan, Athar Ali
Keywords: Eclipta prostrata;Ethnomedicine;Antibacterial activity;Traditional knowledge
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl. ⁸ : A61K36/00, A61P1/08, A61P1/10, A61P1/16, A61P9/14, A61P11/00, A61P17/00, A61P29/00
Abstract: Present communication records ethnomedicinal uses of Eclipta prostrta (L.) Linn. gathered from 5 districts of western Uttar Pradesh. It also presents the results of the screening of 5 Eclipta prostrta crude extracts for antibacterial activity against 18 human pathogenic bacteria. Standard methods of ethnobotanical explorations were followed and first hand information was collected by interviewing traditional medicine men / wise women. Antibacterial activity was determined by Standard Disk Diffusion method. A total of 33 claims were recorded from the study area. An attempt has been made to correlate the ethnomedicinal claims, gathered in this study with the already known pharmacological properties and antibacterial activity of crude extracts of this species. Ethyl acetate and methanol extracts showed antibacterial activity against maximum number of bacteria tested, followed by aqueous, benzene and petrol extracts.
Page(s): 316-320
ISSN: 0972-5938
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.07(2) [April 2008]

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