CITRUS LIMON LEAVES FROM NORTH EASTERN INDIA: A POTENTIAL SOURCE OF ANTHELMINTIC AGENT AGAINST EICINIA FOETIDA
Citrus limon L Burmf or Assam limon belongs to family Rutaceae. Citrus food and derive product have beneficial impacts on human health. More than just a vitamin C rich fruits, lemon is a powerful medicinal plant with numerous benefits that have been enjoyed for over 3000 years. Helminthiasis or worm infection is a common infection in human, affecting a large population of the word. Considering this, anthelmintic activity of citrus limon L Burmf leaves was carried out in this experiment. Ethyl acetate, acetone, methanol extracts of citrus limon leaves have been evaluated for anthelmintic activity against Indian Earthworm species Eicinia foetida. The results reveal a dose dependent increase in activity of the extracts at 5, 10 and 20 mg/ml concentrations. All the extracts exhibited better activity then standard compound Albendazole. Acetone extract exhibited highest activity among the extract.
Keyword: Anthelmintic activity; Eicinia foetida, Albendazole.
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