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   1987| July-September  | Volume 7 | Issue 1  
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Environmental health and hygiene in ancient India: An appraisal
P Pushpangadan, Jyoti Sharma, Jeet Kaur
July-September 1987, 7(1):1-5
The ancient Indians were the custodians of a highly evolved civilization with great awareness on the decisive importance as well as the vulnerability of man's natural environment. The ancient Indians sages and Rishis had considered human environment from the point of view of physical, chemical, biological and social process that influences directly or indirectly the health and well - being of the human kind. Their approach towards life was very comprehensive, highly integrated with the environment and, therefore, was ecologically sound and sustainable. It was aimed at promoting a peaceful coexistence with all the living organisms as well as a fuller harmony with the physical environment. The ancient masters tactfully implemented much of their value oriented teachings through certain rituals, taboos and totems and made the people to observe it as spiritual duty; the violation of which was feared an antispiritual. This approach had its astonishing impact and the people accepted these value oriented practices as a way of life and which in course of time became traditions for ages ensuring peaceful coexistence of human kind with other living organisms as well as with the physical environment. But with the advent of modern civilization most of these value oriented traditions are being either lost or discarded. The disappearance or disregard for such time tested environmental conservation or preservation oriented traditions had begun to show its detrimental effect on the life supporting system.
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Some correlation between onset of specific diseases and indication system in skin and lines of human palm
CR Karnick
July-September 1987, 7(1):17-20
There are various lacuna and voids in clinical studies of glandular disorders and its warning or indication system in the study of palms of human beings. This paper presents for the first time, a datum and several observations made on the conditions of skin, colour mounts, lines etc. of human palms. Studies reveal that palms of both hands play a diagnostic role in medical emergency. The colour, temperature of the skin of hands at times yield more information of impending shock than either pulse of the blood pressure. This unique method of observations was in vogue in Hindu system of Medicine, since time immemorial. Ayurveda correctly depicts the study of human health from various disciplines - "Hasta raysa" and Hasta "Kundili". "Human hand is a unique organ from which an extraordinary amount of clinical information can be derived".
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Catha edulis (Khat), a sex depressant, euphoriant in history
Aftab Saeed
July-September 1987, 7(1):45-48
This article traces the history of the Khat which is an intoxicant and also a sexual depressant. The author establishes that its origion is Abyssinia and it is brought to Arabia where it is commonly used even by Muslims. If Khat is consumed in excess it may impair the health but moderate quantity is beneficial.
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'Antiandrogenic properties of Neem seed oil (Azadirachta indica) in male rat and rabbi'
JD Sharma, RK Jha, Ira Gupta, Prabha Jain, VP Dixit
July-September 1987, 7(1):30-38
Azadirachta indica (Neem) seed oil brings about a significant diminution in spermatozoan motility and density. It leads to reduction of fertility rate in rats and rabbits. The body weight of the animals remain unaffected but the weights of reproductive oranges declined. Reduction of cauda epididymal protein, sialic acid, acid phosphatase and seminal vesicular fructose concentration in rats and rabbits could bedue to antiandrogenic action of the seed oil as confirmed with the help of bioassay techniques. Histopathology of testis revealed arrest of spermatogenesis and sever degenerative changes in the cauda epididymis.
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Experimental model for the study of antidiabetic effect of Ayurvedic metallic preparations
Suresh P Joshi, K. D. D Gode, BK Chakravarthy
July-September 1987, 7(1):49-54
To Substantiate the claims of Ayurvedic classics, animal experimentation with modern technology has been carried out in this paper. Various methods have been described for induction diabetes Mellitus or any other disease. Now it is the duty of an Ayurvedist to select the suitable method on the guidelines of Ayurvedic aetiology to produce a condition stimulating to Prameha (Madhumeha) and the best suitable method (Folin-Wu) for estimating the sugar content of blood is adopted. Besides this one must do experiment in all species and should confirm the finding by clinical evaluation. Side by side toxicity studies are also necessary.
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Medicinal plant wealth of Andhra Pradesh - Part II
Koppula Hemadri, C Raja Rajeshwara Sarma, Swahari Sasibushana Rao
July-September 1987, 7(1):55-64
In this second part of the study an alphabetical checklist of 211 medicinal plants not covered in the enumeration together with a bibliography is presented here.
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"Traditional medicine" in India * Decline and future perspectives
Johannes Laping
July-September 1987, 7(1):6-11
From the time of colonial rule in India and the beginnings of Westernization and modernization processes, other-than-modern medical practices have been forced into retreat. The new, internationally professed aspiration of comprehensive health care (PHC) under the global target of "Health for all by 2000 A.D." has revived interest also in the traditional medical practices, which is a confession of the failure of the modern model of health care in 3rd  world contexts. The new role assigned to traditional medicine is questionable in view of unchanged development patterns. The need is for a new type of health care research, in which people themselves participate in and direct research, planning and action towards an improvement of their living and health care conditions.
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Effect of herbal compound on maturity onset diabetes
AK Jain, BP Shaw
July-September 1987, 7(1):12-16
The clinical study conducted to evaluate the ant diabetes effect of a herbal compound drug consisting two herbs is presented here.
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In pursuit of new herbal sources for Indian medicine
VV Sivarajan, Indu Balachandran
July-September 1987, 7(1):39-44
Due to destruction of forest wealth and natural flora the sources of herbal medicine are becoming increasingly rare. So, it is high time to discover alternative sources of such drugs among plant species that are already available in large numbers. As a first installment of the series the medicinal properties of a few members of the family Phytolaccaceae are discussed here.
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Present status of research on genus: Mimosa
PV Sharma, ZA Ahmad
July-September 1987, 7(1):21-29
The research work done on different species of the genus Mimosa have been reviewed with special reference to Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biological activities.
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Psychiatry and Ayurveda

July-September 1987, 7(1):0-0
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Books Review
JK Sarkar
July-September 1987, 7(1):65-65
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