Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Original Articles: 2010 Vol: 2 Issue: 6

Pharmacological investigation of Bacopa monnieri on the basis of antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties

Abstract

Bacopa monniera, also referred to as Bacopa monnier i, Herpestis monniera, water hyssop, and “Brahmi,” has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for centuries. The whole plant extracts of the plant were evaluated for antioxidan t, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. The methanol extracts of the plant wer e found to have potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Th e aqueous extracts of the plant were found to have fewer activities in comparison to methanol ext racts. Petroleum ether and hexane extracts showed negligible activities in comparison to the a bove extracts. These active crude methanol extracts were also assayed for cellular toxicity to fresh sheep erythrocytes and found to have no cellular toxicity.