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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 715-719

Lactogenic activity of Teramnus labialis (Linn.) fruit with special reference to the estimation of serum prolactin and cortisol level in nursing rats

1 Department of Pharmacology, MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, Odisha, India
2 Department of Pharmacognosy, Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Berhampur, Odisha, India
3 Department of Pharmacology, ISF College of Pharmacy, Moga, Punjab, India

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Himanshu Bhusan Sahoo
Department of Pharmacology, MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.194856

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Aim: The objective of the study was to investigate the lactogenic activity of methanolic extract of Teramnus labialis (L.) fruit (MTLF) on rats. Subjects and Methods: Nursing rats (200–250 g) with their suckling pups were selected and were divided into five groups (n = 6). Group I treated as control (distil water); Group II treated as standard (domperidone), and Group III, IV, and V were orally administered with MTLF at 200, 400, and 600 mg/kg body weight, respectively and continued for l4th day of parturition. Milk yield, the pups as well as mother's weight were measured daily. On 15th day, the total protein/carbohydrate contents from mammary tissue and serum prolactin/cortisol level from blood sample were measured and compared with control. Results: Oral administration of MTLF increases the milk yield, body weight of pups as well as mother rat, glycogen, and protein content as well as serum prolactin and cortisol level as compared to the control animals. In addition, the lactogenic effect of MTLF was followed dose-dependent manner as compared to control. Conclusions: The present study was revealed that the MTLF possesses significant lactogenic activity by enhancing milk production and prolactin concentration in nursing rats.


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