year 7, Issue 26 (5-2008)                   J. Med. Plants 2008, 7(26): 40-44 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Pharmacognosy, Herbal Drugs Department, Food and Drug Laboratory Research Center, Tehran, Iran
2- Herbal Drugs Department, Food and Drug Laboratory Research Center, Tehran, Iran
3- Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Food and Drug Laboratory Research Center, Tehran, Iran , Piraliha@sina.tums.ac.ir
4- Pharmaceutics, Food and Drug Laboratory Research Center, Tehran, Iran
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Background: Artemisia absinthium L. (common wormwood) has been widely used in traditional medicine. The plant contains toxic components: α and β-thujone, therefore, it should be used with caution. Objective: Since common wormwood is considered to be a toxic plant, we decided to evaluate toxic compounds quantities in those used in Iranian folk market. Method: Five samples were purchased from Tehran markets. Essential oil of the flowers was obtained by water distillation. Essential oils were injected to gas chromatograph and their thujone content were determined according to the calibration curve. Results: The results showed that α-thujone is absent in all samples and β-thujone content in the essential oils is much less than its amount reported from other countries. Conclusion: Since the quantity of toxic compounds are low in the plant growing in Iran, it is proposed that Artemisia absinthium L. can be studied for its some medical uses.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Pharmacognosy & Pharmaceutics
Received: 2014/11/18 | Accepted: 2014/11/18 | Published: 2014/11/18
* Corresponding Author Address: Herbal Drugs Department, Food and Drug Laboratory Research Center, Imam Khomeini St., Tehran, Iran Tel: (021) 66400081, Fax: (021) 66644330