Detection of heavy metals from plants used for female reproductive dysfunction by ICP- OES technique

Author(s): Smruti Shah, Sunita Shailajan

Heavy metal content from Woodfordia fruticosa (Linn.) Kurz (flowers), Symplocos racemosa Roxb.(stembark), Caesalpinia bonduc (Linn.) Roxb. emend. Dandy&Exell (seeds). were analyzed with the help of ‘Inductively Coupled Plasma- Optical Emission Spectroscopy’ which is one of the techniques for analysis of trace elements. These plants are used against female reproductive disorders. The heavy metals determined in three plant powderswere Lead (Pb),Arsenic (As), Cadmium(Cd) andMercury (Hg) as perAYUSHguidelines.Arsenic, Cadmiumandmercurywere not detected in stem bark of Symplocos racemosa Roxb. and seeds of Caesalpinia bonduc (Linn.) Roxb. emend. Dandy&Exell. Concentration of Lead waswithin the normal range in. Symplocos racemosa Roxb.(stem bark) (2.95 mg/kg) and Caesalpinia bonduc (Linn.) Roxb. emend. Dandy&Exell (seeds) (7.77mg/ kg). None of these metals were detected in Woodfordia fruticosa (Linn.) Kurz. (flowers).

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