Cardioactive Effects of Eremophila alternifolia Extracts

M. Pennacchio, E. Alexander, Emilio Ghisalberti, G. S. Richmond

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An aqueous extract obtained from the leaves of the traditional Aboriginal medicinal plant Eremophila alternifolia R.Br. (Myoporaceae) was tested on isolated hearts of normotensive rats using the Langendorff heart preparation. A single injection of the extract into the retrograge perfusion solution induced cardioactivity, consisting of a short initial increase in force of contraction (positive inotropism), followed by a decrease in the force (negative inotropism) with simultaneous increase in heart;ate (positive chronotropism) and in coronary perfusion rate. These effects were not mediated by alpha- or beta-adrenergic receptors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-95
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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