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

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Original Articles: 2015 Vol: 7 Issue: 3

Phytochemical screening and bioactivity of Momordica charantia L


Plants have been used as alternative remedy for the treatment of various ailments since ancient times. Momordica charantia is a medicinal plant. Its common name is “bitter gourd” was widely used in treating diseases like diabetics. Secondary metabolites are responsible for the medicinal activities of plants. In the present study presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenoids, tannins, phenol, saponin etc. are confirmed by phytochemical analysis. Various solvent extracts viz petroleum ether, acetone, and ethanol extract of Momordica charantia were showing anti oxidant activity using DPPH, H2O2 and NO methods. Among the different extracts used ethanol extract was having maximum activity. So ethanol extract was further analyzed using column chromatography and GC-MS.

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