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Year : 1991  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 185-186

Anthelmintic activity of the essential oil of Artemisia Pallens wall


Department of Chemistry, Doctor Hari Singh gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar - 470 003 (M.P.), India

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Seema Nakhare
Department of Chemistry, Doctor Hari Singh gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar - 470 003 (M.P.)
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Helminthic infections are now being recognized as the cause of much chronic ill health and sluggishness among the tropical people. More than half of the world populations suffers from worm infections of one type or the other. Traditional system of medicine reports the efficacy of chenopodiul oil, Embelia ribes (Via-Varang), Trachyspermum ammi Ajwain and Biper betle (Pan) oils etc. for eliminating helminthes. The present study reports the strong anthelmintic activity of the essential oil of Artemisia pallens Wall. Against Pheritima posthuma (earth worm), Taenia solium (tape worm) and Ascaris lumbricoides (round worm). The helminthes have been found to be more susceptible to the oil than to piperazine phosphate of similar concentration. Artemisia pallens has been ascribed to possess anthelmintic and stomachic properties in indigenous system of medicine. The present screening not only confirms the correct usage of the plant by the rurals but also enhances the creditability of ethnobotanical explorations.


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