Inhibition of intestinal motility by methanol extracts of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (Malvaceae) in rats

A. M. Salah, J. Gathumbi, W. Vierling

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Abstract

The methanol extracts of Hibiscus sabdariffa (p < 0.01) showed a significant dose dependent relaxant effect (IC50 = 350 μM) on rat ileal strip comparable to the effect shown by nifedipin and papaverine as reference compounds. Similarly, the extract when administered intraperitoneally significantly (p < 0.05-0.01) reduced the intestinal transit (13%-35%) in rats (IC50 = 250 μM). The extracts (40% ± 04%) and nifedipin (51% ± 05%) also potentiated the diarrhoea inducing effect of castor oil (IC50 = 350 μM). It is postulated that these effects are possibly generated by constituents such as quercetin and eugenol via a Ca2+ channel modulated mode of action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-285
Number of pages3
JournalPhytotherapy Research
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Hibiscus sabdariffa
  • Malvaceae
  • Relaxant effect

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