Analgesic And Anti-Inflammatory Activities Of Asparagus africanus Root Extract

  • HS Hassan
  • AA Ahmadu
  • AS Hassan
Keywords: <i>Asparagus africanus</i>, roots, analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities


The methanolic extract of the roots of Asparagus africanus Lam (Liliaceae) which contains mainly saponins and carbohydrate showed significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities (P<0.05) in the tailflick/ hot-plate test and egg albumen-induced rat paw oedema tests that were comparable to the test drugs (morphine 20mg/kg and indomethacin 50mg/kg respectively). These results indicate that the extract possesses analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Keywords: Asparagus africanus, roots, analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities

African Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Vol. 5 (1) 2008: pp. 27-31

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