Phytochemical Screening and GC MS analysis of Achyranthes aspera Linn.
TP Kumari Pushpa Rani, A Doss
The present study was carried out to determine the chemical components of Achyranthus aspera leaves using Perkin-Elmer Gas ChromatographyĂ˘€“Mass Spectrometry, while the mass spectra of the compounds found in the extract was matched with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) library. GC/MS analysis of methanolic extract of Achyranthus aspera leaves revealed the existence of Linoleic acid (12%), Palmitic acid(8.67%), 2-Furaldehyde,5-(Hydroxymethyl) (7.13%) and 3,5- Dihydroxy-6-Methyl-2,3- Dihydro-4H-Pyran-4-one (2.64%). Qualitative phytochemical screening of the methanolic extracts of the leaves revealed the presence of many compounds such as phenlic compounds, flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids, terpenoids, steroids and saponins. The results of this study offer a platform of using Achyranhus aspera leaves as herbal alternative for various ailments.