Ethnobotanical Leaflets 13: 329-31. 2009.
Formulation and Evaluation of Polyherbal Anthelmintic Preparation
Chaturvedi M.1*; Dwivedi S. 2; Dwivedi A. 3 ;Barpete P.K. 4 and Sachan R. 5
1GRY College of Pharmcy, Khargone, M.P.-India
2Chordia Institute of Pharmacy, Indore, M.P.-India
3NRI Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bhopal, M.P.-India
4Malhotra College of Pharmacy, Bhopal, M.P.-India
5Dept. of Pharmaceutics, VNS College of Pharmacy, Bhopal, M.P.-India
* Corresponding Author
Issued 15 February 2009
The present study was done with the aim to formulate an anthelmintic preparation and to evaluate anthelmintic activity of formulation containing traditionally user herbs viz., Plumbago zeylanica (leaves), Hyoscyamus niger (roots) and Abultion indicum (leaves) using adult earthworm Pheritima posthuma. The aqueous and ethanolic extract of the crude drug of different concentration were tested which involve determination of paralysis time and time to kill the worms. Piperazine citrate was used as standard and it was found that the PHFEE activity is higher than PHFAE.
Key-Words: Anthelmintic activity, Piperazine citrate, Earthworm, Polyherbal formulation aqueous extract (PHFAE), Polyherbal formulation ethanolic extract (PHFEE).
Helminthic infections are now being recognized as cause of many acute as well as chronic ill healths among the various human beings as well as cattle’s. More than half of the population of the world suffers from infection of one or the other and majority of cattle’s suffers from worm infections.1 Traditional system of medicine reports the efficacy of several natural plants in eliminating worms2, keeping this view the present work was conceived by us to evaluate the anthelmintic activity of polyherbal formulation.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
Collection of Plant Materials
The plants Plumbago zeylanica (leaves), Hyoscyamus niger (roots) and Abultion indicum (leaves) were collected from the local villagers of Rewa District of Madhya Pradesh, India during july-sep 2008 and then authentified and confirmed by Dr. S. N. Dwivedi, Head, Department of Botany, Janata PG College, A.P.S. University, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India. The plant parts after collection were shade dried, powdered (40 mesh size) to get a coarse powder.
Preparation of Extract
The dried powder material of Plumbago zeylanica (leaves): 50 gm, Hyoscyamus niger (roots):100 gm and Abultion indicum (leaves): 50 gm, were thoroughly mixed, taken in 1 lit. beaker and distill water in sufficient quantity was added, then it was kept for maceration for 72 hours. The aqueous extract obtained was filtered and concentrated on hot plate. The ethanolic extract were obtained by soxhlet extraction process, the extract obtained was filtered and concentrated.
Adult earthworm (Phertima prosthuma) were collected (due to its anatomical and physiological resemblance with the intestinal roundworm parasites of human being) from
moist soil, obtained from Agriculture College Rewa, M.P.-India and washed out of sand. Four groups of approximately equal size earthworms (8+1 cm) consisting of six earthworms in each group were used for the present study.3,4.5
Piperazine citrate is taken as standard drug and the concentration of the standard drug was prepared in 1% normal saline to obtained 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0 gm% concentration.
The PHF extract (both aqueous and ethanolic) were prepared in minimum quantity of distill water and diluted to 15 ml with normal saline to obtained 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0 gm% concentration.
Four groups of approximately equal size earthworms consisting of six earthworms in each group were used for the present study. Group first serve as control, receive only normal saline; Group second serve as test-1, receive PHFAE; Group third serve as test-2, receive PHFEE and Group four serve as standard, receive standard drug piperazine citrate of different concentration. Observations were made for the time taken to paralysis and death of individual worms. Paralysis was said to occur when the worms do not revive even in normal saline. Death was concluded when the worms lost their motality followed with fading away of their body color.5,6,7
The results were analysed for stastical significance using one-way ANOVA followed by Dunnett’s ‘t’ test and are presented in (Table 1).
RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS
The PHF of aqueous (PHFAE) and ethnolic (PHFEE) extracts showed significant anthelmintic activity. The result of anthelmintic activity of PHF on earthworms phertima prosthuma were given in Table 1. It was concluded from the present study that the PHFEE of Plumbago zeylanica (leaves), Hyoscyamus niger (roots) and Abultion indicum (leaves) showed marked and potent anthelmintic activity than the PHFAE of Plumbago zeylanica (leaves), Hyoscyamus niger (roots) and Abultion indicum (leaves) as compared to standard drug. Therefore, it was further concluded that the mixture of these three herbs will leads to the preparation which will effectively kill the worms and serves as a better anthelmintic preparations.
Table 1: Anthelmintic activity of PHF.
Results expressed as Mean + SEM from 6 observations, p<0.001 as compared to standard.
Authors are thankful to Dr. S. N. Dwivedi for the identification of plants and also thankful to the Principal, Chordia Institute of Pharmacy, Indore M.P. for providing the facility in the institute.