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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 127-129

Effect of shodhana on the toxicity of Abrus precatorius


1 Department of Rasashastra, Institute of Medical sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005, India
2 National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow 226 001, India

Correspondence Address:
Gautam Dav Nath Singh
Department of Rasashastra, Institute of Medical sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005
India
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Seeds of Gunja (Abrus precatorius  Linn) are reported to be poisonous due to the presence of a toxic protein 'abrin and an alkaloid hypaphorine. Te seeds after subjecting to the process of shodhana, find use in a number of Ayurvedic preparations. HPLC studies revealed that the process of shodhana resulted in depletion of more toxic alkaloid hypaphorine and protein abrin.


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