Int. J. Biosci.3(8), 130-135, August 2013
Natural Products, especially plants, have been used for the treatment of various diseases for thousands of years. Terrestrial plants have been used as medicines in Egypt, China, India and Greece from ancient time and an impressive number of modern drugs have been developed from them. They are good and cheap sources of many useful bioactive chemical compounds which can be utilized as anitimirobial , anticancer and anti oxidant agents. In case of Equisetum debile , it have been used for the treatment of different ailments like infections, rheumatism and inflammation etc. The present study indicate that Equisetum debile methanolic extract (100 & 1000 µg/ml) significantly inhibit the growth of shoots (hypocotyls) and roots (radicals) of rice when compared to control after three and seven days treatment. Furthermore, the Equisetum debile methanolic extract (50 to 1000 μg/ml) exhibit antioxidant properties and scavenge the free radical in dose dependent manner when compared with standard antioxidant (ascorbic acid). Equisetum debile methanolic extract also have antifungal property that inhibit 42.26% and 53.84% growth of Aspergillus flavous and Aspergillus niger respectively, while using the extract 200 μg/ml.
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