Aqueous Extract of Ficus Vogelii Potentiates Changes in Liver Function and Hematological Parameters of Aspirin Treated Rats


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  • Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Department of Physiology, Abakaliki, Nigeria
  • Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Abakaliki, Nigeria., Department of Anatomy, Abakaliki, Nigeria

Abstract

Objective: This study was carried out to investigate the possible effect of Ficus vogelii (FV) on liver function and some hematological parameters of male Wistar rats administered with aspirin. Materials and Methods: The animals were divided into 4 groups comprising 5 animals each. Group 1: Normal control group, Group 2: Positive control group which received 500 mg/kg of aspirin for three days. Group 3: Pre-treated with aqueous extract of Ficus vogelii (600 mg/kg body weightbwt) for 14 days and then administered with Aspirin (500 mg/kg bwt) for 3 days. Group 4: received 500mg/kg of aspirin for three days, and then treated with aqueous extract of FV (600 mg/kg bwt) for 14 days. Results: There was a significant decrease (p<0.05) in PCV in the treatment groups 2, 3 and 4 (39.00±5.19, 41.50±2.59 and 41.50±1.91% respectively) when compared to the control group (62.50±1.44%). A significant decrease was recorded in WBC and platelet count in group 3 (pre-treatment) and 4 (treatment groups) (9.6±0.40×10/L and 8.8±1.10 × 10/L respectively) when compared to group 2. A significant decrease was also observed in AST, ALT and ALP levels in FV treated group 4 (9.50±0.29 and 138.50±3.75 μ/L respectively) when compared to group 2 (aspirin-treated group: 27.50±0.87 and 194.50±12.41 μ/L respectively). Conclusion: This extract may thus be useful in ameliorating Aspirin induced liver damage.


Keywords

Aspirin, Ficus vogelii, Hematological, Liver function

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