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Evaluation of antihyperglycemic potential of Pfaffia glomerata (Spreng.) Pedersen (Amaranthaceae)

Sanches, N.R.; Galletto, R.; Oliveira, C.E. de; Bazotte, R.B.; Cortez, D.A.G.

Acta Scientiarum 23(2): 613-617

2001


ISSN/ISBN: 1679-9291
Accession: 003758133

The roots of P. glomerata, commonly known as Brazilian ginseng, are used in folk medicine as a tonic and as an aphrodisiac and antidiabetic medicine. The methanolic extract and its fractions obtained from roots were used to evaluate their antihyperglycaemic potential in male Wistar rats. While the methanolic extract yielded four fractions, the butanolic extract had larger antihyperglycaemic potential, starting from 50 mg/kg. No activity was shown by its fractionation.

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