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Biologically estimation of heavy / toxic metals present in traditional medicinal plant – Eclipta alba

Author(s): Prakash. MMS. Kinthada | P.V.S. Naidu | P. Muralidhar

Journal: International Journal of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
ISSN 0976-5263

Volume: 02;
Issue: 04;
Start page: 99;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Eclipta alba | Traditional medicinal plant | Phytochemical | Biological assay

Traditional medicinal plants are used for the treatment of various ailments. The plant materials (leaves) were found to contain all heavy metals with the different concentration in the soil, it was grown among all the heavy metals Fe, Mn, Zn, while the rest of the metals were at low concentration. The present estimation showed that Eclipta alba L is suitable for the control of environmental pollutants, such as heavy metals, however for medicinal purposes. It should be collected from those areas, which are not contaminated with heavy metals. The purpose of the current study was to standardize various indigenous medicinal plant for heavy metals contamination and to make awareness among the public regarding its safer use and collection areas, containing high level of heave metals and their adverse health effects.

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