Journal of Radioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 54, Issue 1–2, pp 103–112 | Cite as

Trace element pharmacognostical study on diuretic drugs by neutron activation analysis

  • George D. Kanias
  • Argyris Loukis
  • Skevos M. Philianos


Some pharmacological properties and especially diuretic action of medicinal plants are attributed to their elemental content. The elements chlorine, manganese, potassium and sodium are determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis in the dry samples of the following drugs: stigmata of Zea mays, leaves of Uva ursi, rhizome of Cynodon dactylon, whole plant of Ceterach officinarum as well as in infusions, decoction of the same drugs and in the water used for these preparations. It has been found that manganese and potassium are transferred partially into prepared solutions. Sodium is not transferred into solutions from any of these drugs while only chlorine is transferred partially into infusion of Zea mays. From these results it is concluded that the diuretic action of the examined drugs should not be attributed exclusively to the presence of their potassium and chlorine content but also to other constituents.


Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Cynodon Dactylon Polyethylene Vial Mixed Standard Solution Water Blank 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • George D. Kanias
    • 1
  • Argyris Loukis
    • 2
  • Skevos M. Philianos
    • 2
  1. 1.Radioanalytical Laboratory, Chemistry DepartmentNuclear Research Center “Demokritos”Athens(Greece)
  2. 2.Laboratory of PharmacognosyUniversity of AthensAthens(Greece)

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