Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3834

Full Length Research Paper

Elemental analysis of some medicinal plants used in traditional medicine by atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS)

Muhammad Zafar1*, Mir Ajab Khan1, Mushtaq Ahmad1, Gul Jan1, Shazia Sultana1, Kifayat Ullah1, Sarfaraz Khan Marwat1, Farooq Ahmad2, Asma Jabeen3, Abdul Nazir1, Arshad Mehmood Abbasi1, Zia ur Rehman1 and Zahid Ullah1
1Department of Plant Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan. 2Department of Botany, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Murree Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. 3Environmental Sciences Department, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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  •  Accepted: 10 September 2010
  •  Published: 04 October 2010


Different elemental constituents at trace levels of plants play an effective role in the medicines prepared. Elemental composition of different parts including leaves, seeds and fruits have been determined by using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS). A total of 14 elements K+, Mg+2, Ca+2, Na+, Fe+2, Co+3, Mn+2, Cu+3, Cr+3, Zn+2, Ni+3, Li+1, Pb+4 and Cd+2 have been measured. Their concentrations were found to vary in different samples. Medicinal properties of these plant samples and their elemental distribution have been correlated. 


Key words: Elemental analysis, medicinal plants and atomic absorption spectrophotometer.