PHYTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS AND ANTICANCEROUS ACTIVITY OF SELECTED MEDICINAL PLANTS
Publication Date : 02/06/2015
Detection of phytoconstituents in plants makes the primary step in drug evaluation. In the present study, preliminary phytochemical studies were conducted on the Andrographis paniculata, Nees., Centella asiatica, L. and Murraya koenigii, L.. Extracts were prepared in ethanol, methanol and distilled water using powdered leaves. For the detection of primary and secondary metabolites preliminary qualitative phytochemical tests were conducted based on standard procedures described by Harbourn. Among the three constituents selected for study, carbohydrate was the major primary metabolite. Alkaloids, tannins and phenols were also present in all. As the present study is qualitative analysis, it helped in detection of various phytoconstituents in the selected plants under study. Anticancerous activity of Andrographis paniculata, Nees., Centella asiatica, L. and Murraya koenigii,L. were studied and showed positive results.
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