Thesis: the Diuretic Activity of Fresh Balloonvine Leaves

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The Diuretic Activity of the Fresh Balloonvine (Cardiospermum halicacabum Linn) Leaves Extract RESEARCHERS
Arapoc, Kevin Ross
Flores, Van Giovanni
Jondonero, Graselle Navarro, Charizze
Serafino, Cherry Lou

A Research Project Presented to the Science Department of South Philippine Adventist College (SPAC) as Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the course Science IV (Physics)

Mr. Ranzolin G. Bayeta

South Philippine Adventist College
Camanchiles, Matanao, Davao del Sur

February 25, 2011

ABSTRACT This study was conducted to know the diuretic activity of the extract of the balloonvine (Cardiospermum halicacabum L.) leaves. In this study, three groups were used. These includes the positive control group (furosemide
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Cardiospermum halicabum linn. of family Sapindaceae is also known as balloonvine, heartpea, Love-in-a Puff, Parol-parolan, Lobo-lobohan, Maria-maria, Otot-otot and etc. Balloonvine is found throughout the Philippines in waste places, roadsides, fields and other grassy areas. It is a more or less hairy vine, one to three meters in length. The leaves are trifoliate and five to nine centimeters long. The flowers are small, white and about 2.5 millimeters long. They contain round black seeds, each with a white heart-shaped spot at the base, hence the name Cardiospemum, cardio for the heart and spermum for seed. Balloonvine, is a woody vine native to Tropical America. The small white flowers bloom from summer through the fall. Flowers are not very showy. The fruit of this plant can also be eaten when it is already yellow orange in color. (
The ballonvine plant yields saponins, tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids, proanthocyanidin, apigenin, phytosterols, glycosides, and cardiac glycosides. There are health benefits from balloonvine. It is considered antiphlogistic, analgesic, anti-inflammator, anti-infectious, emetic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, laxative, stomachic and sudorific.
Since the plant has many uses, the researchers come up with the idea to test the diuretic activity of the extract of the balloonvine leaves as a substitute to synthetic diuretic drugs. As what have the group discussed that this study

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