ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF SALVADORA PERSICA ROOT EXTRACT AGAINST PHERETIMA POSTHUMAAbstract
Helminthes infections are the most common health problems in India, in developing countries they pose a large treat to public. These infections can affect most population in endemic areas with major economic and social consequences. The miswak is a natural toothbrush made from the twigs of the Salvadora persica (Salvadoraceae). Miswak prevents tooth decay, eliminating toothaches and halt further increase in decay. The present study was undertaken to evaluate antihelmintic activity of aqueous and alcoholic root extract of S. persica against Indian earthworms Pheretima posthuma. Various concentrations (10, 20, 40 and 80 mg/ml) of aqueous and alcoholic root extract of S. persica were tested, which involved determination of time of paralysis and time of death of the worms. It was compared with Piperazine citrate (10, 20, 40 and 80 mg/ml) as standard reference and normal saline as control. The study indicated the potential usefulness of aqueous and alcoholic extract of S. persica against earthworm.
S. Abdul Majeed*
PG and Research Department of Zoology, C. Abdul Hakeem College, Melvisharam, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, India
13 May, 2011
08 June, 2011
23 August, 2011
01 September, 2011