Histological changes associated with consumption of Tanjorensis

Author : Godfrey Innocen IYARE, Peter. U. ACHUKWU, Nosa Terry OMORODION, F.A EHIGHE and B.E ATOIGWE

Most of the dietary contents of people of Africa origin are vegetables, in south –south Nigeria, the consumption of vegetable is very common either as food or for medicinal purposes. It has been noticed that the belief on local or traditional herbs for medicinal purpose has heighten over the years. In Nigeria, the practice of consumption of various plants leaves, stem and root as herb is on the increase due to the strong belief that these herbs are cheaper and can cure a wide range of diseases, This practice is still being contested due to the way this medicinal herbs are prepared for consumption. Most plant consumed could pose a lot of threat to the internal organ if they are poisonous or contain toxic substances. The recent development that occurred with the Consumption of local gin in most part of Nigeria was due to the presence of toxic Substances of which lead to a large number of death cases. The idea of regulatory Agencies such as NAFDAC is to ensure whatever is consumed as food or drugs by people of Nigeria are designated harmless, the research burden still lies in scientific researchers in order to create an awareness on the safety of substances meant for consumption. Plate 10: Section of rat liver treated with 20% extract of jatropha tajorensis. Note the presence of vacuolation (V).Stain: Heamatoxylin and Eosin

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