Authors : Siddig Ibrahim Abdel-Wahab , Nooraini Mohd Ain , Ahmad Bustamam Abdul , Manal Mohamed Elhassan and Tengku Azmi Tengku Ibrahim
Abstract: This present study aims to investigate, the elemental analysis of some medicinal plants used traditionally as anticancer cure by local Malaysians. Element?s content of these plants was carried out using Energy Dispersive X-ray Microanalysis combined with Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope microanalysis (EDX). In this study, elements? contents from the leaves of Goniothalamus umbrosus, Kaempferia galangal, Gynura procumbens, Morinda citrifollia, Lawsonia inermis and Baringtonia racemosa using EDX technique. The elemental distribution revealed the presence of C, O, Mg, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Al, Si and Fe, in anti-cancer medicinal plants and their relative weight percentages were estimated. These elements may be responsible for the biomedicinal properties of these plants, which based on anticancer properties. This supports the traditional usage of these plants as anti-tumor.
Siddig Ibrahim Abdel-Wahab , Nooraini Mohd Ain , Ahmad Bustamam Abdul , Manal Mohamed Elhassan and Tengku Azmi Tengku Ibrahim , 2009. Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Microanalysis of Elements? Content of Medicinal Plants Used Traditionally as Anticancer Cure. Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 4: 547-549.