Pharmacognostic Study of Leaves of Kigelia pinnata (Lam) Benth
The Kigelia pinnata (Lam) Benth is a species of the Bignoniaceae family commonly known as Kigelia africana is locally known as waghul phul. The adult sausage tree has spectabular fruits these can weigh several kilogram hence the tree English common name worsboom. Wherever the trees grows it is usually evergreen especially places where rainfall occurs throughout the year but deciduous in places of long dry season. Kigelia pinnata is renowned for its traditional application as anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant, anti –microbial, and anti-cancer effects. It contains chemical constituent like kigenol, kigelinone7, kigenol12, iso-kigenolls. In the present work pharmacognostic studies are carried out to investigate its medicinal properties. The study consists of macroscopic character of the plant Kigelia pinnata physico-chemical parameters like total ash, acid insoluble ash, thin layer chromatography etc.
Keywords- Kigelia pinnata, pharmacognostic studies, total ash, acid insoluble ash, thin layer chromatography
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