2023 Volume 14 Issue 3

The Positive Effect of Artemisia judaica on Immunological and Histopathological Changes in Hepatic Rats


Magbolah Salem Helal Alzahrani*

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, AL-Baha University, Saudi Arabia.






*E-mail: [email protected]


The immune response is the body's capability to keep itself safe by providing defense against potentially dangerous substances. It includes specific responses to most microbes in addition to specialized and greatly precise responses to a specific offender. Positive immunological and histological alterations in hepatically damaged rats, brought about by Artemisia judaica. An animal that was confined to a cage for the experiment. The rats were kept in groups of six and fed a diet that served as a baseline for 7 days before the experiment was conducted. The first group of rats (C-ve) were fed only their usual food for 28 days as a control. To kill off the remaining rats (n=24), carbon tetrachloride (Ccl4) was injected into their veins. Four groups were given experimental diets containing varied amounts (5, 10, or 15 percent Artemisia judaica) and one group was given a diagnosis of the condition but no experimental diet. Findings indicated that 15 percent Artemisia judaica resulted in the greatest white blood cell counts in treated groups, whereas 10% of Artemisia judaica resulted in the lowest value. The findings also showed when contrasted with (C +ve), Artemisia judaica doses of 5 percent and 15 percent provide the greatest significant increases in the lymphocytic transformation index. The study recommended feeding Artemisia judaica to enhance immunity and improve the histology of the liver.

Keywords: Artemisia judaica, Immunological effect, Histopathological changes, Hepatic rats


Artemisia judaica has been used as a treatment for many years.  (Olennikov et al., 2018) found that preparations made from different portions of the plant (aerial parts and leaves) were effective in treating a broad variety of conditions, involving gastrointestinal distress, liver malfunction, skin inflammation, and immune system improvement. The Asteraceae family includes the genus Artemisia, which has more than 480 species of tiny herbs and/or shrubs. Multiple members of the Artemisia genus are utilized to enhance immune function, and several Artemisia species have been examined extensively for their potential to cure liver ailments. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimalarial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties have been found in various species of this genus (Abiri et al., 2018). It's a staple of traditional medicine in the Arabian Gulf, where it's utilized for everything from controlling diabetes to killing off parasites (Mesa et al., 2015). Artemisia judaica is a fragrant Mediterranean herb that has been utilized medicinally for centuries to cure a wide variety of conditions, including diarrhea, eczema, and psoriasis. This analysis of ArJ essential oil components and their wound-healing potential was conducted by Zuzarte et al. (2022). Antifungal, neuroprotective, insecticidal, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, acaricidal, antimalarial, antidepressant, and hepatoprotective are only some of the purported effects of Artemisia absinthium. It's used to add flavor to a variety of alcoholic beverages and wines, involving absinthe, bitters, bask, vermouth, and pelinkovac, to name a few. Dyspepsia, loss of appetite, numerous viral disorders, Crohn's disease, and IgA nephropathy are all treated with it (El-Aasr et al., 2022).

An immune response is the body's ability to stay safe by protecting hazardous substances and includes specific responses to a single offender as well as lines of defense against the majority of microbes. Both the innate immune response (which is not very particular) and the adaptive immune response (which is quite specific) fall under this umbrella (Arce-Sillas et al., 2016). Specific lymphocytes and their byproducts (immunoglobulins and cytokines) will be utilized by the adaptive acquired immune response to mount an attack on the invading microbes (Lawrence et al., 2016).

Aim of Study

Showed the positive impact of Artemisia judaica on immunological & histologic alterations in hepatic rats.

Materials and Methods


Preparation of Artemisia Judaica

Artemisia judaica are washed, sliced thinly, and dried in an oven at fifty degrees Celsius for three days before being crushed & ground into a powder.

Experiential Animals

For this research, we utilized 30 male Sprague Dawley albino rats that averaged 150±10 g in weight.

Biological Experiment

Rats' Normal Diet

There were 10 percent casein, 0.25 percent choline chloride, 1 percent vitamins, 5 percent cellulose, 10 percent maize oil, 4 percent salt, 0.3 percent methionine, and 69.5 percent corn starch in the basil diet (Morsi, 1992).

CaCO3 (600 mg), K2HPO4 (645 mg), MgSO4.2H2O (204 mg), CaHPO4.2H2O (150 mg), CuSO4.5H2O (0.06 mg), ZnCl2 (0.5 mg), MnSO4.4H2O (10 mg), Fe (C6H5O7) 26H2O (55 mg), NaCl (334 mg), and Kl (1.6 mg) were all part of the study's base diet (Hegsted et al., 1941).

The standard test diet included Vitamin A (200 Iu), Vitamin K (0.50 Iu), Vitamin D (100 Iu), Calcium pantothenic acid (0.40 mg), Para-aminobenzoic acid (0.02 mg), Pyridoxine (1.00mg), Vitamin E (10 Iu), Thiamin (0.50 mg), Choline chloride (200 mg), Folic acid (0.02 mg), Niacin (4.00 mg), Inositol (24 mg), Vitamin B12 (2.00 g) (Campbell, 1963).

Diet Experiment

Table 1 presents the experimental diet, which is based on the standard diet plus a 10 percent supplement of plant powders.


Table 1. The make-up of both the standard and the experimental diets.

Component (g)

Basal diet

5% Artemisia judaica

10% Artemisia Judaica

15% Artemisia judaica

Test ingredients










Corn oil





Mineral mix





Vitamin mix










Choline chloride










Corn starch

Up to 100

Up to 100

Up to 100

Up to 100



Carbon Tetrachloride (Ccl4)

Ccl4 was given by El-Gomhoria Company for Chemical Industries, a Cairo, Egypt-based chemical supplier. (Passmore & Eastwood, 1986) stated it was sold in one-liter white plastic water bottles and disseminated as a dangerous material component for liver sickness. Throughout the initiation, it is diluted with paraffin oil purchased from a pharmacy.


Male Sprague-Dawley albino rats weigh in at a healthy 150-160 g when fully grown. The animals spent 14-16 weeks in the Animal Laboratory before being moved. The animal enclosures were spotless, made of plastic, and covered with stainless steel. For seven days before the trial, the rats were given the standard food. so that they could get used to it. Ad libitum water was available from a smallmouth bottle attached to a plastic tube & a metallic tube at the mouth. For seven days beforehand the start of the study, the rats had been utilized to a 12-hr light/12-hr dark cycle, as was previously mentioned.

Liver Toxicity in Rats Artificially Induced

(Jayasekhar et al., 1997) To produce chronic liver damage in male albino rats, we employed intramuscular injections of Ccl4 dissolved in paraffin oil with a volume-to-volume ratio of 50% and gave these injections Two times a week for a total of 14 days. Afterward the administration of Ccl4, blood samples were drawn using the retro-orbital method to verify the existence of liver damage & evaluate liver function.

Animal Groups and the Methodology of the Experiment

  • There were 6 rats in each group, and each group was split into seven subgroups. The following categories of rats made up the groups:
  • G1: The normal rats served as the control group and were given a standard diet for 28 days without receiving any kind of therapy.
    • G2: Liver-toxic rats were retained as control negatives & given a baseline diet for 28 days without any therapy being administered to them.
  • G3: Rats with liver toxicity that were given a standard diet with an additional 5% of Artemisia judaica.
  • G4: Rats with liver toxicity that were given a standard diet with an addition of 10 percent Artemisia judaica.
  • G5: Rats with liver toxicity that were given a standard diet with an addition of 15 percent Artemisia judaica.

Biological Evaluation

The amount of food that was ingested daily was tracked during the whole 28-day trial, and weekly measurements of body weight were taken. Calculations were done to determine the body weight growth (B.W.G.%), the feeding efficiency ratio (F.E.R.) & the organ weight (Chapman et al., 1959).

Blood Sampling

Following 12 hours without eating, blood samples were taken after the research. Blood samples were gathered using the retro-orbital technique in extremely specialized glass tubes before being allowed to clot for 30 minutes at room temperature in a water bath (37 °C). Prior to the glucose test, to isolate the serum, samples of blood were centrifuged for ten minutes at 3000 revolutions per minute. Aspiration of the residue was placed in sterilized polypropylene tubes with secure caps and frozen at -20 degrees Celsius until analysis.

According to (Drury & Wallington, 1980), 10% formalin was used to preserve the liver, heart, kidney, and spleen after they were removed, rinsed in salt solution, weighed & then stored.

Immunologic Analysis

Transformation Analysis of Lymphocytes. Boyum (1968) And Burrels and Wells (1977) Both Study Lymphocytes

Heparinized blood was delicately deposited onto the surfaces of the lymphocyte separation medium utilizing sterile Pasteur pipettes. A 50 ml sterile polystyrene centrifuge tube filled with Ficoll hypaque (1.1).

Histopathological Examination

To preserve the liver tissue, samples were taken upon animal sacrifice at the conclusion of the study, fixed in ten percent neutral formalin, ethyl alcohol-dried, cleaned in xylene & embedded in paraffin wax. Eosin & hematoxylin were utilized to stain slices that were 4-6 microns in thickness (Carleton, 1979).

Statistical Analysis

The statistical analysis was computed utilizing a one-way classification, the analysis of variance (ANOVA), and the least significant difference (LSD) (Snedecor & Cochran, 1967).

Results and Discussion

The primary objective of this research was to show the positive influence of Artemisia judaica on histopathological & immunological alterations in rats with hepatic conditions.

Immunologic Changes

Effect of Different Levels of Artemisia judaica on Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell Levels of Obese Rats

Data provided in Table 2 display the impacts of different levels of Artemisia judaica on red blood cell and white blood cell levels of hepatic rats. According to the findings, the negative control (C-ve) group had the largest number of red blood cells, even though the positive control group (C +ve) had the fewest. The average was 4.85, while the median was 3.05 106 cells/mm3.

In contrast, the greatest red blood cell levels of treated groups were verified for 15% Artemisia judaica, whereas the least value was verified for 5% Artemisia judaica with significant variances. The mean values were 4.45 and 3.53 106/mm3, respectively.

The data also displayed that the C +ve group had the largest number of white blood cells, even though the C-ve group had the fewest. Typically, 8.20 and 5.50 x 103 cells per mm3 were utilized.

In contrast, the greatest white blood cell levels of groups that were given treatment (hepatic groups) verified for 5% Artemisia judaica, even though the fewest value verified for 10% Artemisia judaica. The mean values were 6.80 and 5.90 103/mm3, respectively.

Table 2. The effects of different levels of Artemisia judaica on red blood cell and white blood cell levels of hepatic rats





Control (-)

4.85± 0.21a

5.50± 0.60c

Control (+)


8.20± 0.30a

5%  Artemisia Judaica

3.53± 0.80b

6.80± 0.40b

10%  Artemisia Judaica

3.95± 0.50b

5.90± 0.10 c

15%  Artemisia Judaica

4.45± 0.50a

6.20± 0.20b

Means in the same column with different litters are significantly different (P <0.05).

Result of Different Levels of Artemisia judaica on Hemoglobin and Platelet Levels of Hepatic Rats

Data provided in Table 3 illustrates the influence of varying levels of Artemisia judaica on hemoglobin and platelet levels of hepatic rats.

The greatest disparities in hemoglobin levels were seen amongst the C-ve group & the C +ve group. The average was 13.54 and the median was 9.50 g/dl.

However, there were statistically significant variations in the hemoglobin levels among the treated groups (hepatic groups), with the greatest levels reported for 15% Artemisia judaica and the lowest levels recorded for 5% Artemisia judaica. The average was 12.80, while the median was 11.58 g/dl.

The data also illustrated that the C +ve group had the largest number of platelets, while the C-ve group had the lowest. A median of 235.0 and a median of 205.0 1 06/mm3 were obtained.

However, there were statistically significant variances between the maximum platelet levels obtained in treated groups (hepatic groups) and the lowest value observed for 15 percent Artemisia judaica. Both averaged out to be rather high, at 225.0 and 208.0 106/mm3, respectively.

Table 3. Show the impact of different level of Artemisia judaica on hemoglobin and platelet levels of hepatic rats.



Hemoglobin (g/dl)

platelet levels (106/mm3)

Control (-)

13.54a± 0.30

205‘± 0.60

Control (+)


235a± 0.50

5%  Artemisia Judaica

11.58b± 0.60

225b± 0.20

10%  Artemisia Judaica

12.30b± 0.40

216c± 0.50

15%  Artemisia Judaica

12.80a± 0.10

208e± 0.40


The Effect of Different Levels of Artemisia Judaica on Lymphocytic Transformation Index in Hepatic Rats

Data provided in Table 4 illustrates the transformation of lymphocytes was 1.24±0.12 percent less common in untreated Ccl4-injected rats (C +ve) than in normal rats (C -ve) (1.97±0.12%). Results show that an indicator of the lymphocytic transformation process in the blood of hepatic rats is much lower than that of (C -ve) normal rats. When contrasted with the control group (C +ve), the lymphocytic transformation index rose significantly in all treatment groups. Ccl4-poisoned rats fed the same diet of 5% and 15% When contrasted with (C +ve), Artemisia judaica demonstrated a statistically significant rise of 1.71±0.13 and 1.74±0.08%, respectively. When compared to the findings of (Zuzarte & Salgueiro, 2022), who analyzed its impacts in traditional medicine, the Mediterranean aromatic herb Artemisia judaica was employed for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, skin problems, atherosclerosis, and as an immunostimulant. The purpose of this research was to characterize the components of ArJ essential oil and to examine their wound-healing activities.

Table 4. Show the result of different levels of Artemisia judaica on lymphocytic transformation index in hepatic rats.




Lymphocytic transformation

Index (%)

Mean ± S.E


Control (-)

1.97 ± 0.12 a


Control (+)

1.24 ± 0.12 e


5%  Artemisia Judaica

1.71 ± 0.13 b


10%  Artemisia Judaica

1.64 ± 0.05 c


15%  Artemisia Judaica

1.74 ± 0.08 b


Values denote arithmetic means ± Standard error of the mean.

Means with different letters (a, b,c,d) in the same column differ significantly at p ≤ 0.05

using a one-way ANOVA test, while those with similar letters are non-significant.

IR•: Means increase ratio of control positive group.

Histopathological Results

The typical histological structure of the hepatic lobule was seen under a microscope in the liver of group 1 animals (Figure 1). By contrast, Kupffer cell activation & localized hepatocellular necrosis accompanied by mononuclear inflammatory cell infiltration were detected in the livers of rats in group 2 (Figure 2). Meanwhile, Central venous congestion and slight accumulation of certain hepatocytes were seen in group 5 tissue slices (Figure 3).

Figure 1. Liver from the standard control rat displaying the histologically typical structure of the hepatic cells (HCs), central vein (CV), and portal area (arrow). (H&E, X200).


Figure 2.  Liver of C +ve revealed Kupffer cells activation & focal hepatocellular necrosis related to mononuclear inflammatory cells infiltration. (H&E, X200)