Phytochemical and analgesic evaluation of Mondia whytei (hook. f) root
KARIUKI, D. K
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Mondia whytei is a forest floor plant that belongs to Asclepidaceae family. The roots are widely used in African traditional medicine to treat various disease s and condition s that include pain, swelling, postpartum hemorrhage, diabetes mellitus among many other claims. P hytochemical tests were carried out to determine the different chemical constitue nts of the root skeels of M whytei. Analgesic activit y of the root powder was evaluated using acetic acid induced writhing test . Phytochemical screening revealed the presen ce of carotenoids, flavonoids, steroids and tannins. The root skeels significantly (p < 0.05) reduced the number of writhes in acetic acid induced writhing test. This reduction was dose - dependent. Therefore, the use of the plant by traditional medical practitioners in the treatment of pain may be justified.
CitationGITHINJI, CG, PM MBUGUA, TI KANUI, and DK KARIUKI. "Phytochemical and analgesic evaluation of Mondia whytei (hook. f) root." Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy 4, no. 3 (2012): 26-32.
University of Nairobi,Department of Animal Physiology,