Isolation and characterisation of Cardiospermum halicacabum mucilage

X. Fatima Grace, S. Latha, S. Shanthi, S. Seethalakshmi, D. Chamundeeswari, P. K. Manna


Cardiospermum halicacabum is an edible plant rich in mucilage, which belongs to the family Sapindaceae. Although the plant has
been used traditionally, there is no report on isolation and characterisation of mucilage from C. halicacabum. The present work was aimed to isolate and characterise the mucilage from the aerial parts of C. halicacabum. The isolated mucilage was characterised for physical, chemical and flow properties. The mucilage was further characterised by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The isolated mucilage had good physical, chemical and flow properties. The FTIR spectrum of mucilage showed characteristic peaks. It was concluded that the C. halicacabum mucilage can be used as an excipient in pharmaceutical formulations.
Key words: Cardiospermum halicacabum, characterisation, isolation, mucilage

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