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Title: Hepatoprotective activity of Hemidesmus indicus R. Br. in rats
Authors: Baheti, J R
Goyal, R K
Shah, G B
Keywords: CCl4
Hemidesmus indicus
Hepatoprotective
Paracetamol
Issue Date: May-2006
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Treatment of rats with paracetamol and CCl4 produced a significant increase in the levels of serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT), serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total and direct bilirubin. Rats pretreated with methanolic extract of roots of H. indicus (100-500 mg/kg body weight, po) exhibited rise in the levels of these enzymes but it was significantly less as compared to those treated with paracetamol or CCl4 alone. The results of methanolic extract of H. indicus were comparable with the standard hepatoprotective agent silymarin (100 mg/kg). Maximum hepatoprotective effect was found to be at the dose of 250 mg/kg body weight in case of CCl4 induced hepatic damage while 500 mg/kg body weight in case of paracetamol induced hepatic damage. The results suggest that methanolic extract of H. indicus roots possesses a potential antihepatotoxic activity.
Page(s): 399-402
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Source:IJEB Vol.44(05) [May 2006]

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