Anti Inflammatory Activity of Selected Pteridophytes from Western Ghats
International Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
The present study was aimed to explore the anti-inflammatory potential of selected Pteridophytes from Western Ghats of South India using heat induced haemolytic activity. Stabilization of RBCs membrane was studied to further establish the mechanism of anti-inflammatory action of Cyclosorus interruptus (Willd.) H. Ito., Pityrogramma calomelanos (L.) Link var. calomelanos, Pteris vittata L., Pteris confusa T. G. Walker., Pteris biaurita L., Pteris multiaurita Ag., Adiantum incisum Forssk.,
... sum Forssk., Adiantum latifolium Lam. , Hemionitis arifolia (Burm.) T. Moore. and Ceratopteris thalictroides (L.) Brong. aqueous extracts with varied inhibition. Except A. latifolium and P. confusa all other tested extracts effectively inhibited the heat induced haemolysis. The studied extracts percentage of inhibition were as follows A. incisum > Pityrogramma calomelanos var. calomelanos = Cyclosorus interruptus > P. multiaurita > P. biaurita = H. arifolia = C. thalictroides > P. vittata > P. confusa > A. latifolium. The result of the present study suggested that further studies on the isolation of active principles from the aqueous extracts of Cyclosorus interruptus, Pityrogramma calomelanos var. calomelanos, P. biaurita, P. multiaurita, A. incisum, H. arifolia, and C. thalictroides may bring out an alternative drug for the inflammation.