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Abstract

Evaluation of antiseizure activity of essential oil from roots of Angelica archangelica Linn. in mice

Author(s): Shalini Pathak1, MM Wanjari2, SK Jain1, M Tripathi3
1 Institute of Pharmacy, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi-284 128, India 2 Central Research Institute (Ayurveda), Aamkho, Gwalior-474 009, India 3 School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rajeev Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal - 462 036, India

Correspondence Address:
S K Jain Institute of Pharmacy, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi-284 128 India E-mail: [email protected]


In the present study, the effect of essential oil of the root of Angelica archangelica Linn. was evaluated against electrically and chemically induced seizures. The seizures were induced in mice by maximal electroshock and pentylenetetrazol. The effect of essential oil of the root of Angelica archangelica on seizures was compared with standard anticonvulsant agents, phenytoin and diazepam. The essential oil of the root of Angelica archangelica suppressed duration of tonic convulsions and showed recovery in maximal electroshock induced seizures while it delayed time of onset of clonic convulsions and showed mortality protection in pentylenetetrazol induced seizures. The essential oil of the root of Angelica archangelica also produced motor impairment at the antiseizure doses. The study indicated that the essential oil exhibited antiseizure effect. The antiseizure effect may be attributed to the presence of terpenes in the essential oil.

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