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Title: Trace elements analysis of Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC. by EDXRF spectroscopy and its therapeutic role in diabetes mellitus
Authors: Kumar, S Santhosh
Sudarshan, M
Chakraborty, A
Keywords: Ayurvedic;Lajalu;Little tree plant;Osteoporosis
Issue Date: Feb-2020
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Minerals and trace elements, as structural components of tissues, play vital role in cellular and basal metabolism. The Little Tree Plant, Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC., locally called Lajalu, is a well-known medicinal herb, traditionally considered as one of the 10 flowers used since ancient time for healthy life. In Ayurveda, it is used to treat various ailments viz., asthma, insomnia, convulsions, cramps, stomach ache, chest complaints, inflammation, tumours and skin disorders. In this study, we analyzed the elemental contents of its leaves and roots using EDXRF spectroscopy, and tried to find possible correlation with its nutritional and curative effects. The elements Ca, K, Si, Cl, P, and S were found in the highest concentration in leaf, in the descending order, but in the root, K took the leading position. The results have been discussed with reference to the established role of these elements in physiology and pathology of human life with special focus on its role in bone building, controlling the sugar level and wound healing capacity of patients with diabetes mellitus.
Page(s): 8-14
ISSN: 0975-0959 (Online); 0301-1208 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJBB Vol.57(1) [February 2020]

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