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Effect of Oral Administration of "Gadagi" Tea on Liver Function in Rats

A. M. Gadanya; M. S. Sule; M. K. Atiku

Effect of oral administration of "Gadagi" tea on liver function was assessed on 50 healthy male albino rats which were grouped and administered with different doses(mg/kg) i.e low dose (380mg/kg, 415mg/kg, 365mg/kg, 315mg/kg for "sak", "sada" and "magani" respectively), standard dose ( 760mg/kg, 830mg/kg, 730mg/kg for "sak-, "sada" and "magani" respectively) and high dose (1500mg/kg, 1700mg/kg and 1460mg/kg for "sak--,"sada" and "magani" groups respectively) for a period of four weeks. Animals that were not administered with the tea constituted the control group. At the end of fourth week, the animals were sacrificed and their serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total protein (TP), albumin (ALB), and globulins (GLO) were determined. Mean serum ALT and ALP activities were significantly higher (P<0.05) in rats orally administered with high dose of "sak" and those administered with standard dose of "sada" than those of the control group, suggesting a probable impairment of liver function due to liver cytolysis.Mean serum AST, ALT and ALP activities were significantly lower (P<0.05) in rats that were orally administered with high dose of "magani" than that of the control group, suggesting a probable improvement in liver function (due to decrease in liver cytolysis). Mean serum TP, ALB and GLO levels were significantly higher (P<0.05) in rats that were orally administered with the various doses of"sak", "sada" and "magani" than those of the control group. This also suggests a probable improvement in the synthetic function of the liver.Thus, some dosages of "sak" and "sada could be hepatotoxic, whereas "magani" especially at the high dose administered could have pharmacologically positive effect on the liver of the rats.

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