Abstract
EVALUATION OF TRACE ELEMENTS IN KSHARA (ACHYRANTHES ASPERA).

A.A. J.P. Kumara*, D.L. Jayaratne, D. J. Antony and J. A. Liyanage

ABSTRACT

Mineral elements have very important functions as they serve as structural components of tissues and also functions in cellular and basal metabolism. The plant Achyranthes aspera. is known for various medicinal properties and used widely for the treatment of different diseases in human. Elemental profile of Achyranthes aspera Linn. (Ten elements to be analyzed-Cu, Na, Ca, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cd, Zn and Pb) was determined so as to develop a stronger basis for appreciating the curative effects of the plant. Elements were analyzed from root, stem and leaves by AAS/flame techniques. Various elements of Biological importance for human metabolism were found to be present in varying concentrations. The results were discussed with reference to established role of elements in physiology and pathology of human life. Data obtained would serve as a tool for deciding dosage of Ayurvedic drug prepared from this plant.

Keywords: Achyranthes aspera Elemental composition


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