Extraction of bioactive compounds from medicinal plants permits demonstration of their physiological activity. It also facilitates pharmacology studies leading to discovery of synthesis of more potent drugs. The plant selected in the present study is Dioscorea oppositifolia L. (Dioscoreaceae) which is used traditionally for antiseptics, ulcers and abscesses. The root is chewed to cure toothache and aphthae. The whole plant extract is used for secondary syphilis and Psorasis. The present investigation was intended to evaluate the preliminary phytochemical characters and fluorescence analysis of this species.
Felix, R.; Kumar, N. Nirmal; and Raj, T. Leon Stephan
"Pharmacognostical Study of Dioscorea oppositifolia L.,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2009
, Article 10.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2009/iss1/10