Antidiabetic effects of Tinospora crispa in rats.


In Malaysia, an aqueous extract of Tinospora crispa stems is taken orally to treat diabetes mellitus. In the present study, normal and alloxan-diabetic rats were used to evaluate the hypoglycaemic properties of the extract. A hypoglycaemic effect was observed in moderately diabetic rats with concomitant improvement in insulinaemia. After a 2-week treatment with the extract (4 g/l in the drinking water), these rats also showed improvement in glucose tolerance. Moreover, acute intravenous treatment with the extract (50 mg/kg) caused an increase in plasma insulin levels. The data support the traditional belief that T. crispa extract could improve diabetic conditions by virtue of its action on the endocrine pancreas.

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@article{Noor1989AntidiabeticEO, title={Antidiabetic effects of Tinospora crispa in rats.}, author={Hassam Noor and Stephen J.H. Ashcroft}, journal={Journal of ethnopharmacology}, year={1989}, volume={27 1-2}, pages={149-61} }