Croton zambesicus Root Extract Exert Laxative Effect in Rats

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Jude E. Okokon
Augustine I. L. Bassey
Emmanuel E. Nyong
Utibe A. Edem

Abstract

Background: Croton zambesicus Muell Arg. (Euphorbiaceace) is a medicinal plant used traditionally in the treatment of some ailments.

Aim: The root extract of Croton zambesicus was evaluated for effect on the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).

Materials and Methods: The root extract of C. zambesicus (27-81 mg/kg) was investigated for laxative effect in rats using different experimental models to study its effect on the GIT.

Results: The extract was found to significantly increase the frequency and output of faecal matters in rats in all the experimental models studied.

Conclusion: The findings of this study show that the root extract of C. zambesicus has a significant laxative effect and this supports its use in ethnomedicine for the treatment of gastrointestinal tract disorders.

Keywords:
Croton zambesicus, Purgative, GIT.

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Okokon, J. E., Bassey, A. I. L., Nyong, E. E., & Edem, U. A. (2020). Croton zambesicus Root Extract Exert Laxative Effect in Rats. Asian Journal of Biology, 10(2), 22-26. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajob/2020/v10i230103
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