Hepatoprotective role of Caesalpenia bonduc: A histopathological and biochemical study

Suhani Sumalatha, K. Shridhar R. Pai, Nitesh Kumar, Kumar M.R. Bhat

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Background: Hepatotoxicity is one of the inevitable side effects of long term use of medicines in many different disorders, chronic use of alcohol and in certain infectious disorders. Even though there are few effective drugs to treat such hepatotoxicity, mortality due to hepatotoxicity is increasing day by day. Therefore, in search of alternative and more effective medicine we found that Caesalpenia bonduc (CB), a shrub grows in hotter places of south Asia has been effectively used to treat such hepatotoxicity in folk medicine.

Aim: Of the study is to scientifically evaluate the hepatoprotective nature of aqueous extract of CB using Carbon tetrachloride(CCl4) induced hepatotoxic rat model.

Methods and Result: Elevated levels of blood ALT, AST and ALT enzymes were found in CCl4 induced hepatotoxic rat models. Treating these animals with CB either prior or after the induction of hepatotoxicity, shows significant decrease in the levels of ALP, AST, and ALT in their blood in comparison with the untreated hepatotoxic group. Additionally, histologically, hepatotoxic rats show necrotic changes & vacuolation in their hepatocytes, altered hepatic architecture and congested hepatic sinusoids. However, such histopathological adverse changes were minimized when these animals treated with CB.

Conclusion: Results of the present study indicate that CB acts as both preventive and curative hepatoprotector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)HF05-HF07
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 20-11-2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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