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Title: Investigation of therapeutic potentials of some selected medicinal plants using neutron activation analysis

Series of attempts were made to investigate concentrations of trace elements and their therapeutic properties in various medicinal plants. In this study, samples of some commonly used plants were collected from Bauchi State, Nigeria. They includes leaves of azadirachta indica (neem), Moringa Oleifera (moringa), jatropha curcas (purgin Nut), guiera senegalensis (custard apple) and anogeissus leiocarpus (African birch). These samples were analyzed for their trace elements contents with both short and long irradiation protocols of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) at Nigerian Research Reactor-1 (NIRR-1) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. The level of trace elements found varies from one sample to another, with some reported at hundreds of mg/Kg dry weight. The results have been compared with the available literature data. The presence of these trace elements indicates promising potentials of these plants for relief of certain ailments.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [2] ;  [4]
  1. Bayero University, Kano Nigeria (Nigeria)
  2. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  3. (Nigeria)
  4. Center for Energy Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria (Nigeria)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22391527
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1657; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: PERFIK 2014: National Physics Conference 2014, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 18-19 Nov 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; BIRCHES; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CONCENTRATION RATIO; EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES; ELEMENT ABUNDANCE; IRRADIATION; JATROPHA; MEDICINAL PLANTS; MULTI-ELEMENT ANALYSIS; NEUTRON ACTIVATION ANALYSIS; NIGERIA; QUANTITATIVE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; RESEARCH REACTORS; TRACE AMOUNTS