Phytochemical Investigation and Taxonomic Evaluation of Some Medicinal Plants

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The present study has been designed with the objective to investigate the morphological characters of ten local medicinal plants for the preparation of artificial key and phytochemical analysis including determination of the presence of antioxidant potential. The powdered plant was successively extracted with methanol solvent. Phytochemical analysis revealed the presence or absence of secondary (and primary) plant metabolites like flavonoids, alkaloids, cardiac glycosides, steroids, phenols, tannins, saponin, phlobatannin and protein & reducing sugar having several therapeutic purposes, in different taxa and also in seedling of one taxa. The results may justify the popular uses of these plants as due to presence of antioxidant activity. However, in order to evaluate the possible clinical application in therapy of infectious diseases, further clinical trials are required.

Sanghamitra Sanyal
Sweta Roy
American-Eurasian Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences