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Immunological Studies on the Aerial Roots of the Indian Banyan

Authors
Journal
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
0250-474X
Publisher
OMICS Publishing Group
Publication Date
Volume
70
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4103/0250-474x.42970
Keywords
  • Research Paper

Abstract

The aqueous extract of the aerial roots the Indian Banyan, Ficus benghalensis L. (Family: Moraceae) was evaluated for its effect on both specific and non-specific immunity. This extract exhibited a significant increase in percentage phagocytosis by human neutrophils in the in vitro tests. It exhibited promising immunostimulant activity at doses of 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg body weight in SRBC induced hypersensitivity reaction and hemagglutination reaction in rats. The aqueous extract was found to stimulate the cell mediated and antibody mediated immune responses.

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