TOPICAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ACTIVITY OF COSTUS AFER

  • JO Moody Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • KE Okwagbe Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Keywords: Anti-inflammatory, Costus afer, Zingiberaceae, croton aldehyde

Abstract

A bioactivity-monitored extraction and chromatographic fractionation of different morphological parts of Costus afer using the croton aldehyde-induced mouse ear oedema model resulted in the location of significant anti-inflammatory activity in the chloroform-soluble fraction (CSE, 64% oedema inhibition 50 mg/200μl, P<0.0001) of the rhizome methanol extract. Phytochemical screening of the active fractions revealed the presence of an alkaloid-positive spot as well as other interesting diosgenin-related blue fluorescent compounds on thin-layer chromatography.

Key Words: Anti-inflammatory; Costus afer; Zingiberaceae; croton aldehyde

Nigerian Journal of Natural Products and Medicine Vol.7 2003: 46-48
Published
2004-07-23
Section
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