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Effect of Dietary Supplementation of Aristolochia bracteolate and Astragalus gummiferor their Combination on Bovans-Type Chicks

Author(s): Amel O. Bakhiet | Mawahip E. Abbaker | Warda S. Abdel Gadir

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 464;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Astragalus gummifer | Aristolochia bracteolate | bovans-type chicks

Aristolochia bracteolate and Astragalus gummifer are medicinal plants used in Sudanese folkloric medicine for the improvement of health by increasing body weight and treatment of various disorders, respectively. Bovans-type chicks were fed 10% A. bracteolate seed and 10% A. gummifer and 5% mixture of two plants of the standard diet for two weeks. No death among the chicks fed the test diets was observed during the period of the experiment. The 10% A. bracteolate, 10% A. gummifer and 5% mixture of two plants were toxic but not lethal to chicks and caused reduced body weight gain. Mild diarrhea was observed in the chicks on the 10% A. gummifer diet and those on the 5% mixture of two plants. Alterations of serum AST and ALT activities and total protein, albumin, globulin, cholesterol and uric acid were correlated with changes in haematology and pathological effects on vital organs.
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