Matadial, Lennox; West, Manley E.; Gossell-Williams, Maxine D.; The, T. L.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
The effect of Bromelia pinguin extract on the pregnant rat uterus
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
A non proteinaceous extract of Bromelia pinguin fruit was examined for activity on the rat uterus in vivo and in vitro. The in vivo experiments involved pregnant rats given the extract intraperitoneally. These rats did not abort nor were any foetal deformities observed. The extract inhibited spontaneous activity of the pregnant rat uterus in vitro. These results do not support the claimed folklore use of the plant as an abortifacient. The extract of Bromelia pinguin fruit may have some utero-active compound which inhibits uterine motility.....