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PRELIMINARY PHYTOCHEMICAL SCREENING OF ECLIPTA PROSTRATA

Balaji Karuppaiah*, Perumal Saraswathi, Prabhu K., Melani Rajendran and Shaila Samuel

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India is a land of medicinal plants and is rich in bioactive constituents. Innumerable bioactive phytoconstituents were identified and used for the acute and chronic ailment. Finding the right choice of medicinal bioactive components constitutes healing of various diseases with downscale time. It regulates normal health by maintaining tissue architecture and leaving it unaltered. Eclipta prostrata is an herb used in Indian traditional medicine for improving the disease with respect to skin and appendages. The present study involves the phytochemical screening and analysis of Eclipta prostrata. Absolute ethanol was used as a solvent to extract the plant crude metabolites. The phytochemical screening of the plant crude extract showed the presence of flavanoid, Terpenoids and tannins, and absence of alkaloids, cardiac glycosides, and saponins with percent yield of 5% in a methanolic solvent. Phenol readings of 978 μg Gallic acid equivalent /2 mg dry extract.

Keywords: Eclipta Prostrata, Soxhlet Apparatus, Phytochemical Screening, Phytochemical Analysis, Gallic Acid Equivalent.


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