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Antihyperglycemic activity of prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) aqueous extract

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Author(s): Sihem HALMI | B. BENLAKSSIRA | K. BECHTARZI | Z. DJERROU | H. DJEAALAB | F. RIACHI | Y. HAMDI PACHA

Journal: International Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
ISSN 2249-4340

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 540;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Opuntia ficus-indica | traditional medicine | hyperglycemia | glucose

ABSTRACT
We have studied the antihypoglycemic activity of a plant species commonly used by the ethno-doctors in diabetes treatment: the Opuntia ficus-indica cladodes. The experiment was performed on albino rabbits subject of a hyperglycemia test per os-induced (HPVO); they develop a glycemia of which the pick (200 mg/ 100 ml of blood).The plants extract are administrated to rabbits before the hyperglycemia test. The cladodes extract (2ml/kg) reduces the glucose rate of 21.67% starting from 30 min. The whole obtained results can to a certain extent, enable to explain the use of the Opuntia ficus-indica in diabetes traditional therapy.
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