In vitro anthelmintic activity of stems of Cuscuta reflexa

Pavan Bhausaheb Udavant*, Suggala Venkata Satyanarayana, Chandrashekhar Devidas Upasani

Abstract


Crude extracts of Cuscuta reflexa (Cuscutaceae Convolvulaceae) were evaluated for in-vitro anthelmintic activity on the Indian adult earthworms Pheritima posthuma. The extracts of Cuscuta reflexa have shown a dose dependant inhibition of spontaneous motility (Paralysis) of earthworms. It has been observed that all petroleum ether, chloroform and methanol extracts have shown anthelmintic activity, which was
compared with albendazole as reference drug. The exact mode of action and the constituents responsible for the anthelmintic a ctivity needs to be investigated.


Keywords


Anthelmintic; Cuscuta reflexa; Albendazole; Pheritima posthuma.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21746/ijbio.2012.08.003

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