The recognition of trace elements contents in medicinal plants by MAC method

Author(s): B.Rajeshwari Morabad, B.R.Kerur

Medicinal plants have used for many years to cure a great variety of diseases. Recently, according to the World Health Organization, the use of traditional herbal medicine has spread not only in the developing counties but also in the industrialized ones, as a complementary may to treat and to prevent illnesses. Eight of the most importantmedicinal plants in the literature on the India traditional and popular medicine are Ocimum sanctum L, Catharanthus roseus L, Trigonella foenum-graecum L, Azadirachta indica A.Juss and Aegle marmelos Roxb, Zingiber officinalis L, Emblica officinalis L and Anacardium occidentale L.In this method a NaI (TI) detector, which is coupled to MCA for analysis of the spectrum is used and 241Am is used to get X-ray in the energy range from 8 to 32 keV.

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