Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3638

Full Length Research Paper

Determination of major and trace elements in ten important folk therapeutic plants of Haripur basin, Pakistan

Shazia Jabeen1, Muhammad Tahir Shah1, Sardar Khan2 and Muhammad Qasim Hayat3,4*
1National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. 2Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. 3Department of Plant Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 4Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh in association with The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
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  •  Accepted: 17 February 2010
  •  Published: 04 April 2010

Abstract

Several Pakistani plants are known to be of potential therapeutic value and are used in traditional herbal medicine system of the country. In this work, ten of the most popular routinely used medicinal plants (Achyranthes aspera,Alternanthera pungensBrassica campestrisCannabis sativaConvolvulus arvensisHordeum vulgareJusticia adhatodaParthenium hysterophorus,Ricinus communisWithania somnifera), which are reported in literature and belong to Haripur basin, are studied first time for their trace (Zn, Cu, Cr, Ni, Co, Cd, Pb, Mn and Fe) and major (K, Na, Ca and Mg) elemental composition by atomic absorption spectrophotometer. In addition, some relevant aspects of heavy metal toxicity are also discussed. Although all plants are found to accumulate good quantity of Fe, K, Na, Ca and Mg, however, their trace heavy metal contents are high according to the international safety standards for the consumption of human beings.

 

Key words: Haripur basin, elemental contents, medicinal herbs, medicinal plants.

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