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Phytomedicine. 2004;11(4):323-6.

Evaluation of antipyretic potential of Clitoria ternatea L. extract in rats.

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Division of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.


The methanol extract of Clitoria ternatea L. root (MECTR) blue flowered variety (Family: Fabaceae), was evaluated for its anti-pyretic potential on normal body temperature and yeast-induced pyrexia in albino rats. Yeast suspension (10 ml/kg body wt.) increased rectal temperature after 19 hours of subcutaneous injection. The extract, at doses of 200, 300 and 400 mg/kg body wt., p.o., produced significant reduction in normal body temperature and yeast-provoked elevated temperature in a dose-dependent manner. The effect extended up to 5 hours after the drug administration. The anti-pyretic effect of the extract was comparable to that of paracetamol (150 mg/kg body wt., p.o.), a standard anti-pyretic agent.

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