Baccharis dracunculifolia De Candole (DC) (Asteraceae) is indigenous throughout southeastern Latin America and is used by local people in traditional medicine. This plant is known to be the source of resin for the highly valued Brazilian green propolis. As no information is available on the safety of high doses of B. dracunculifolia extract, we evaluated the mutagenic potential of high doses of this plant extract in vivo on peripheral blood cells of Swiss mice using the comet assay and the micronucleus test.
Ambelania occidentalis is routinely used in folk medicine for treating gastrointestinal disorders, even though there have been no safety trials. We evaluated the genotoxic potential of hydro-alcoholic extracts of this plant in mice; induced DNA damage was assessed in peripheral blood leukocytes and micronucleus induction was assessed in polychromatic erythrocytes from bone marrow. The extract was administered by an oral route at single doses of 1000, 1500 and 2000 mg/kg body weight. N-nitroso-N-ethylurea was used as a positive control.