Anti-inflammatory activity of Terminalia paniculata bark extract against acute and chronic inflammation in rats

Sahil Talwar, K. Nandakumar, Pawan G. Nayak, Punit Bansal, Jayesh Mudgal, Vijay Mor, Chamallamudi Mallikarjuna Rao, Richard Lobo

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Ethnopharmacological relevance: Terminalia paniculata Roxb. (Family-Combretaceae) is a wild tree commonly used in traditional ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of inflammation of parotid glands and in menstrual disorders. Aim of the study: To explore the folk use of Terminalia paniculata on pharmacological grounds to evaluate the scientific basis of anti-inflammatory activity. Materials and methods: The anti-inflammatory activity of Terminalia paniculata was studied against carrageenan-induced hind paw edema, air pouch inflammation and complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)-induced arthritis in rats. The aqueous extract of Terminalia paniculata bark (TPW) was administered at the concentrations of 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg body weight. Results: TPW showed significant (p < 0.05) anti-inflammatory activity by reducing the edema volume in carrageenan-induced paw edema in rats. Further, TPW (400 mg/kg) also reduced the carrageenan-induced leukocyte migration (50.92 ± 5.71%) and myeloperoxidase activity (49.31 ± 5.24%) in air pouch exudates. TPW (200 mg/kg) exhibits anti-rheumatic and analgesic activities by improving the altered haematological milieu (ESR, CRP, RF, WBC, RBC and Hb) and also by inhibiting the flexion scores and radiographic changes in CFA-induced arthritis. This extract also had significant (p < 0.05) effects on the occurrence of secondary lesions compared to CFA control. Conclusions: Terminalia paniculata bark may be a potential preventive or therapeutic candidate for the treatment of chronic inflammation and arthritis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-328
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24-03-2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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