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Title : WOUND HEALING POTENTIAL OF THE ETHANOLIC EXTRACT OF BANANA FLOWER (Musa sapientum, BBB ‘Saba’, Family Musaceae)
Authors : Rufo S. Calixtro, Jr., Analiza P. Malalay, Ponciano B. Epino and Lazaro E. Avelino
Abstract : The banana flower (Musa sapientum, BBB ‘saba’) ethanolic crude extract was investigated for its wound healing potential in vivo. Circular excision and linear incision wounds were inflicted on male Swiss mice, after which, they were treated with different concentration of banana extract. Betadine was used as the standard treatment. Significantly higher wound contraction is obtained when ethanolic extract was applied on the wound than the control. At ≥ 10% ethanolic extract, significant reduction in wound size is observed than betadine treated wounds. Similarly, a significantly higher tensile strength of the wounded skin of mice is obtained on ethanolic extract treated mice than the control. Tensile strength is significantly better at ≥ 15% ethanolic extract than betadine treated animals. Results indicate that banana flower ethanolic extract has a potential for use in healing wound.

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