The Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences Vol 15 No 1 (2011): 54 – 60






Goh Teik Beng1* , Mohamad Razak Hamdan1, Mohammad Jamshed Siddiqui2, Mohd Nizam Mordi1

and Sharif Mahsufi Mansor1


1Centre of Drug Research,

2 School of Pharmaceutical Science,

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden 11800, Penang, Malaysia.


*Corresponding author:




The objective of the present study was to develop a simple and cost effective method for the isolation of mitragynine from Mitragyna speciosa Korth leaves. The results of our study showed that around 0.088 % (w/w) pure mitragynine was obtained by this newly  developed method with a purity of 99.0 % (w/w) based on GC-MS analysis. Moreover, the recovery of the pure mitragynine from the chloroform extract was also more than 95.0 %. Advantages of this new method were simpler, faster and more economical. In conclusion this simple and cost effective method helps to isolate mitragynine with higher purity in comparison with the published methods.


Keywords: Mitragynine speciosa Korth,  mitragynine,  mitragynine extraction



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