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Anthelmintic activity of Ficus benghalensis

Author(s): Aswar Manoj | Aswar Urmila | Watkar Bhagyashri | Vyas Meenakshi | Wagh Akshaya | Gujar Kishore

Journal: International Journal of Green Pharmacy
ISSN 0973-8258

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 170;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Anthelmintic activity | Ficus benghalensis | pheretima posthuma

The World Health Organization estimates that a staggering two billion people harbor parasitic worm infections. Parasitic worms also infect livestock and crops, affecting food production with a resultant economic impact. Despite this prevalence of parasitic infections, the research on anthelmintic drug is poor. As per WHO, only few drugs are frequently used in the treatment of helminthes in human beings. Anthelmintics from the natural sources may play a key role in the treatment of these parasite infections. In view of this, an attempt has been made to study the anthelmintic activity of roots of Ficus benghalensis. In this study, methanolic, aqueous, chloroform, petroleum ether extracts were used and studied for paralysis and death of earthworm. All the extracts were found not only to paralyze (Vermifuge) but also to kill the earthworms (Vermicidal). The aqueous and methanolic extract was found to be more effective to execute the earthworm.
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