Ecological and phytochemical studies on the "miswak", salvadora persica l.
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The "Miswak", which is produced from the stolons and branches of Salvadora persica is used as a substitute for ordinary tooth brushes. The use of "Miswak" has been recommended by Islam. It is endowed by several characteristics supporting its use. In view of such facts, the ecology, geographical distribution and the chemical constituents of the plant have been investigated. It has been found that "Miswak" contains mucilage (2.2%) and sterols QS-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol and cholesterol). The analysis of the fatty acids was also carried out.