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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2010, Volume : 3, Issue : 4
First page : ( 1134) Last page : ( 1135)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.

In-vitro Pediculicidal Activity of Juice from Clove of Allium sativum

Shrivastava Vivek, Jain U.K.*

Bhopal Institute of Technology and Science -Pharmacy, Bhojpur road, Bhopal (M.P)

*Corresponding Author E-mail: ukjain65@gmail.com

Online published on 3 April, 2013.

Abstract

Head lice are a global public-health apprehension affecting primary school age children. The control of lice presents research challenges and prediction for the identification of new, safe insecticides. Allium sativum (commonly known as garlic) is a species belonging to family Alliaceae. Garlic has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. In an attempt to assess the lethality, Allium sativum aqueous extracts were tested in In-vitro toxicity model against human adult lice. The lice were observed for lack of response to stimuli over 3 hour period. The results demonstrated that raw juice of Allium sativum clove showed pediculicidal efficacies of 90±10 per cent (P< 0.01 over control). The experimental evidence obtained in the laboratory model could provide a rationale for the use of Allium sativum juice to be included in formulations for controlling head lice.

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Keywords

Allium sativum, Licicidal activity, Aqueous extract, Pediculus humanus capitis.

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