The In-vitro ascaricidal activity of selected indigenous medicinal plants used in ethno veterinary practices in Uganda

  • Wasswa Peter
  • Olila Deogracious


Twenty-one plants were identified through preliminary field surveys and seven were selected for in vitro anti-helminthic activity against Ascaris suum. Of the seven plants that were initially screened, five gave appreciable positive results while two did not. The ED50s obtained were: 1.62mg/ml (Tetradenia riparia), 4.13mg/ml (Cassia occidentalis), 12.50 mg/ml (Carica papaya) and 16.75mg/ml (Momordica foetida). The research findings showed that Tetradenia riparia, Cassia occidentalis, Carica papaya, Momordica foetida and Erythrina abysinnica may be of value in the treatment of helminthiasis; whereas Moringa oleifera and Cannabis sativa are probably ineffective or of limited value for the same purpose.

Keywords: ascaricidal, Uganda, medicinal plants

African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines Vol. 3(2) 2006: 94-103

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