International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 2 Number 1 (2013) pp. 66-79

Antioxidant, antihelmintic and antimicrobial activity of Euphorbia thymifolia Linn whole plant

G. Durai Muthumani1*, A.Vijay Anand2 and R.Manikandan3
1Department of Biochemistry, Kanchi Shri Krishna College of Arts and Science, Kilambi,
Kancheepuram - 631 551, Tamil Nadu, India.
2Department of Biochemistry, MIET Arts and Science College, Gundur,
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.
3Department of Chemistry, SSK Polytechnic College, Poolangulathupatti,
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.
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Many plants from Euphorbia thymifolia Linn which are available in semi-arid regions like India had shown a variety of pharmacological attributes for different disorders. The present works involved in the evolution or the antioxidant, antihelmintic and antibacterial activity of the plant studied for the proposed activities. Antioxidant compounds such as Beta carotene, vitamin-C, chlorophyll a, b, phenolics and tannins are investigated various concentration of extract were used in the bioassay, which involved paralysis and death time of the worms. The growth of  all the bacteria were inhibited though to varying degree thus justifying the use of the herb in traditional medicine in treating enteric infectious, E.coli, and Salmonella typhi being more susceptible, the antibacterial activity of the plant materials is enhanced under acidic conditions at elevated temperatures.

Keywords : Euphorbia thymifolia Linn; Biochemical analysis; Mineral content; Antioxidant; Antihelmintic; Antimicrobial activity