• Sadaf Rasheed
  • Mohammad Tahir
  • Waqas Sami
  • Bushra Munir


Background: The therapeutic value of Eugenia jambolana, commonly known as ‘Jamun’ in Hindi, hasbeen recognized in different system of traditional medicine for the treatment of various conditions. Itsseeds are used for the treatment of diabetes mellitus and hyperlipedemia by reducing the lipid levels inthe body; this action is presumed to be due to blocking the action of enzyme 3-hydroxyl methyl glutaryl(HMG-CoA reductase in the liver. Herbal drugs are getting into use with the notion that these arerelatively harmless; the practice has shown that many of them also have toxic effects. Since hardly anywork is available on the toxic aspect of Eugenia Jamblana, the present study was planed to see theeffect of ethanolic extract of Eugenia Jamblana on liver using albino rats as an experimental model.Methods: The animals were divided into three groups A, B and C. Group A served as a control andreceived only distilled water comparable to the experimental animals calculated according to their bodyweight, where as B and C served as experimental groups. 100 and 200 mg of ethanolic extract ofEugenia Jamblana was dissolved in one ml of distilled water each and was given orally for 30 days/kgbody weight. Results: liver enzyme ALT and gamma GT were significantly raised when compared tothe control group, p-value being <0.05. Histological studies showed ballooning degeneration ofhepatocytes, focal areas of hepatocytes necrosis with lymphocytic infiltration, providing supportiveevidence for biochemical findings indicative of functional derangement. The effect of the extract wasnot dose dependent. Statistical analysis using ANOVA and chi-square showed statistically significantdifference when the values from experimental animals were compared with those from the control,indicating that the ethanolic extract of Eugenia Jamblana seed possesses hepatotoxic effect.Conclusion: The ethanolic extract of Eugenia jambolana seed extract is toxic to liver as evident byderangement in liver enzyme levels and disturbed liver histology.Keywords: Eugenia Jambolana, Statins, Hepatotoxicity


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