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The Effect of Aqueous Extracts of Moringa Oleifera Leaves on the Hematological Parameters of Trypanosoma Brucei-Infected Rats

Author Affiliations

  • 1University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, NIGERIA
  • 2Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, NIGERIA
  • 3Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, NIGERIA

Res. J. Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sci., Volume 1, Issue (6), Pages 15-17, July,24 (2013)

Abstract

The effect of aqueous extract of Moringa oleifera leaves on the haematological parameters of Trypanosoma brucei - infected rats was investigated. Two groups of rats were intraperitoneally infected with Trypanosoma brucei. One group was administered with the aqueous extract in drinking water; the remaining infected group was left untreated. Data from these groups were compared with those of two healthy groups, one of which was similarly treated with aqueous extract. The experiment was terminated 16 days p ost - infection (pi). Observations showed that the extract has an effect on the haemopoietic system manifested by a positive increase in the levels of haemoglobin, packed cell volume and red blood cell. Aqueous extract of Moringa oleifera leaves also delayed the proliferation of the parasites.

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