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Amla (Phyllanthus emblica): Effective Remedy against “Aeromonas hydrophila

A. Valsa Judit Anto
Department of Zoology, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), Sivakasi, 626 124, Tamilnadu, India

The freshwater fish is a significant source of animal protein therefore, efforts are in progress to amplify its production throughout the world. But unfortunately overexploitation, human activities and many invasive species i.e., pathogens deteriorates the health of fish drastically.

Accordingly, “Aeromonas hydrophila” cause disease in fish. It is basically a heterotrophic, gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium and is generally linked with changes in environmental conditions including, stress, overcrowding, an abrupt change in temperature, transfer of fish, poor water quality, mishandling, high nitrite as well as carbon dioxide levels.

Due to negative effects of synthetic chemicals, the significance of medicinal plants is increasing worldwide because medicinal plants contain substances that can be engaged for therapeutic purposes. These plants have been used to treat common infectious diseases, since ancient times1. The capability of herbs to reduce bacterial activity has been reported by many scientists2. Herbs have also been employed in numerous countries in order to control shrimp as well as fish diseases.

Accordingly, Amla which is scientifically known as “Phyllanthus emblica” is an important medicinal plant which plays a key role in the treatment of many ailments like the common cold, scurvy, cancer as well as heart diseases. This plant contains Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) which possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory as well as anti-mutagenic characteristics.

“Hematological investigations” regarding fish have assumed greater importance because of amplifying stress on “pisciculture” and awareness about the pollution of natural freshwater resources. These studies have usually been employed as an effect and sensitive index to check physiological as well as pathological changes in fish3.

Considering this situation, scientists conducted an experiment to assess certain physiological and hematological parameters including leucocytes count as well as hemoglobin content of the fish. Cyprinus carpio inoculated with A. hydrophila by using a different dose of plant extracts (Phyllanthus emblica). The research team also estimated the proper dose of plant extract and evaluated its role in survival and mortality, opercular movement and oxygen consumption4.

The results of this study showed that the plant extract treatment of amla boosts the survival rate of the tested fish species. The oxygen consumption of the diseased fish was found to be low in comparison with the fish treated with the plant extract. Accordingly, a low dose is more effective to cure the disease. Consequently, the opercular movement as well as hemoglobin content of the plant treated fish was higher in the experimental fish. This phenomenon proves that white blood cells get amplified in the plant treated fish, mainly the low dose treated fish. Crux of the matter is Amla possesses potent medicinal properties against “Aeromonas hydrophila” and also increases the survival rate of fishes.


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  4. Anto, A.V.J. and V. Balasubramanian, 2015. Therapeutic effect of Phyllanthus emblica on disease induced common carp Cyprinus carpio by Aeromonas hydrophila. Int. J. Zool. Res., 11: 96-101
How to cite this article:

A. Valsa Judit Anto, 2020. Amla (Phyllanthus emblica): Effective Remedy against “Aeromonas hydrophila”. Asian Journal of Emerging Research, 2(4): 170-171.

DOI: 10.21124/AJERPK.2020.170.171

URL: http://acecollege.edu.pk/ajer/fulltext.php?artid=140