SINGLE MEDICINE SPECIES- A general appraisal and comparative evaluation of ANTIOXIDANT LEVELS in selected herbs available in Southern Kerala

  • Raji T. PG Department of Environmental Sciences, All Saints’ College Thiruvananthapuram
  • Reshma J.K.
  • Aleena R.K.
  • Arsha M.S.
  • Rakhi R.J.
Keywords: Single medicine, Antioxidant activity, Traditional medicine, Total tannin content, Ayurveda, Folk medicines, Phytochemicals.


The current study focuses on the phytochemical analysis of the plant extracts of two different forms of Single medicine species which is abundant in the southern part of Kerala, India. The study, indicated the presence of major phytochemicals of interest which has specific properties characteristic to their pronounced antioxidant properties. The seven phytochemicals reported out of nine studied during phytochemical screening include phenol, alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, saponin, terpenoid and tannins. Further studies were carried out to estimate the levels of each compound in the plant extracts. Values reported after estimation showed that the tannin and alkaloid content in the different forms of plant extract (Fresh Sample, Shade Dried Sample, Oven Dried Sample) studied was very high compared to the others phytochemicals such as flavonoid, saponin, terpenoid, phenol, glycoside.


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