Cystone, an ayurvedic herbal drug imparts protection to the mice against the lethal effects of γ-radiation: A preliminary study

Ganesh Chandra Jagetia, Manjeshwar Shrinath Baliga

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The effect of 5, 10, 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, and 160 mg/kg body weight (b.wt.) of aqueous extract of cystone (an ayurvedic herbal medicine) administered intraperitoneally was studied on the radiation-induced mortality in mice exposed to 10 Gy of γ-radiation. Treatment of mice with different doses of cystone, consecutively for five days before irradiation, delayed the onset of mortality and reduced the symptoms of radiation sickness when compared with the non-drug treated irradiated controls. The pretreatment of mice with different doses of cystone before exposure to 10 Gy of γ-radiation resulted in a dose-dependent elevation in the survival up to 40 mg/kg b. wt., where the highest number of survival (55.55%) was observed by 30 days post irradiation, when compared with the 10 Gy irradiated control (6.66%). Thereafter, the number of survivors declined and reached a nadir at 160 mg/kg, where no survivors could be observed. The optimum protection against irradiation was observed for 40 mg/kg cystone, where the highest number of survivors were reported by 30 days post irradiation and it was 8.34-fold greater than that of the irradiated control group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-336
Number of pages5
JournalNahrung - Food
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science

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