Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
A study on preliminary phytochemical and biochemical analysis of the ethanolic leaf extract of Holoptelea integrifolia, planch; (Family-Ulmaceae)
Author(s): Nithya Babu, M Arul Sheeba Rani
Abstract: Medicinal plants have assumed greater importance in the recent days, due to the tremendous potential they offer in formulating new drugs which afflict humankind against many diseases. There is now a growing focus on the importance of medicinal plants and the traditional health system is solving the healthcare problems of the world. Most developing countries have viewed traditional medical practice as an integral part of their culture. Medicinal plants have curative properties due to the presence of various complex chemical substances of different composition, which are found as secondary metabolites in one or more parts of the plants. Hence, the present study was undertaken to find out the phytochemical constituents and the biological activity of an important medicinal tree Holoptelea integrifolia was selected from the Nirmala college campus. The young and the matured leaves of Holoptelea integrifolia were powdered and extracted with the Ethanolic solvent. The extracts were subjected to preliminary phytochemical and biochemical analysis using standard methods.