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Medicinal Plants - International Journal of Phytomedicines and Related Industries
Year : 2012, Volume : 4, Issue : 3
First page : ( 170) Last page : ( 173)
Print ISSN : 0975-4261. Online ISSN : 0975-6892.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.0975-4261.4.3.021

Phytochemical analysis of Lasia spinosa and Alpinia nigra, potential medicinal plants of Assam

Firdusi Syeda Nishat, Neog Nilima, Barooah Mridula Saikia

Department of Food and Nutrition, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat - 785 013, Assam, India

Corresponding author: Syeda Nishat Firdusi E-mail: nishat4t@rediffmail.com

Online published on 12 November, 2012.

Abstract

Changmora (Lasia spinosa) and Tora (Alpinia nigra) are two non-conventional medicinal plants of Assam known to be used therapeutically. The leaves of L. spinosa and shoots of A. nigra were chemically analysed for determining their phytochemical status. The results revealed the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, phenols and terpenoids in both the plant parts. Sterols was present in L. spinosa, but found absent in A. nigra. Shoots of A. nigra contained higher quantity of total Alkaloids (215.0mg) than leaves of L. spinosa (45.50 mg). Total flavonoid and phenol contents were higher in L. spinosa (89.34 and 164.2 mg respectively) than A. nigra (54.14 and 120.7 mg respectively). The findings indicated the therapeutic potential of these plants for their use as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor agent and various other disease preventive factors.

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Keywords

Lasia spinosaAlpinia nigra, alkaloids, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, sterols, terpenoids, therapeutic factors.

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