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   2001| April-June  | Volume 20 | Issue 4  
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Validation of Ashwagandha churnam
D Nagavalli, T Vetrichelvan, N Gayathri, P Poongothai, KP Sivasankari, SV Vadamalai
April-June 2001, 20(4):86-88
Ashwagandha churnam is an important Ayurvedic medicine obtained form dried roots and stems of withania somnifer1 (family;- Solanaceae) 1  , used as a tonic for emaciation of children, debility form old age, rheumatism, hypertension, ulcer, tumor 2  ,sedative etc. In the present study a validation of Ashwagandha churnam by organoleptic, microscopic characteristics, extractive values total ash acid insoluble ash, and qualitative analysis of different organic constituents has been done TLC analysis to standardize the churnam has been performed. These studies will help in future of fixing standards for this churnam.
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Antibacterial studies on the leaf Extract of strobilanthus kuntiana
A Rajasekaran, S Murugesan
April-June 2001, 20(4):97-98
Antibaterial activity against Escherichia coli, proteus vulgaris, pseudomonas aeruginosa and staphylococcus aureus was tested for the petroleum ether (60-800C) chloroform and aqueous leaf extract of strobilanthus kunthiana by disc diffusion method. Profound antibacterial activity was observed for all the leaf extract.
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Fire control - A conservation tool for certain medical plants in grass hills ecosystem, the Western Ghates
S Paulsamy, R Sivakumar, V Balasubramaniam, K Arumugasamy, N Nagarajan
April-June 2001, 20(4):89-92
Grass Hills ecosystem lies in Anaimalais. The western ghats possesses rich biodiversity, The annual summer fire, an integral part of this ecosystem, promotes the ecological status of certain perennial grasses including the dominant grass. Chrysopogon zeylanicus Thw. On the other hand, some medicinal plants Viz., Impatiens tomentosa Heyne, Drosera peltata Sm Osbeckia parviflora Arn., Emilia sonchifolia Dc. Lecanthus penduncularis Wedd. And Lobelia nicotianifolia Heyne were identiflora Arn. Emilia sonchifolia Dc. Lecanthus penduncularis wedd and lobelia nicotianifolia Heyne were identified as fire threatened species and it has been observed that their sociological attributes were hampered severely by fire. Hence, the conservation of such species is needed through effective fire control measures.
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Indigenous plants reported for hypoglycemic activity
Shipra Roy, Venu Agrawal
April-June 2001, 20(4):115-121
Plants are the only source of a well established traditional and modern drugs and phytochemicals. Many plant species are known in folk medicine of different cultures to be used for their hypoglycemic properties and therefore used for treatment of diabetes. The evaluation of these plants and of their active natural principles is logic way of searching for new drugs to treat this disease. The present paper deals with the uses of indigenous plants for curing diabetes.
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Pharmacognostical profile of roots of Rumex nepalensis spreng
Lopamudra Ghosh, Jiaur Rahaman Gayen, Sanghamitra Sinha, BP Saha, M Pal
April-June 2001, 20(4):93-96
The roots of Rumex nepalensis spreng (Family-Polygonaceae) were studied to fix the parameters for Pharmcognostical standards. The present investigation deals with the macrocopical characters of root as well as studies on some physical constants, behavior of powdered root on treatment with different chemical reagents and fluorescence characteristics on exposure to ultra -violet light. These studies would be of great help for proper identification of the root of the plant.
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Anti-atherogenic action of "cardipro" - A herbal proprietary formulation
S Chatterjee, AT Rao, S N Das, SK Agrawals
April-June 2001, 20(4):81-85
The objective of this study as to determine the anti-atherogenic effect of cardiproa poly herbal cardiotonic which primarily contains the standardized extracts of Terminalia arjuna, Ocimum sanctum, Boerhaavia diffusa, Emblica officinalis and withania somnifera. For this purpose, 24 adult wistar albino rats were equally divided into 4 groups. Group I acted as control, Group 2 received individually cholesterol 100mg/kg dissolved in vegetable oil (4mg/ml) orally daily for 30 days. Group 3 received cardiPro 25 mg/kg body weight individually orally dissolved in distilled water daily for 30 days in combination with cholesterol as in group2, wile group 4 instead received Cardipro @ 50mg/kg body weight along with cholesterol. It was found that plasma total lipid, cholesterol, low density lipids, very low density lipids, triglycerides as well as aortic cholesterol contents were higher in cholesterol fed rats in comparison to health controls. Treatment with Cardipro significant; reduced the levels of these blood lipid profiles suggesting anti-atherogenic action of cardipro in rats. This was further strengthened b histopathological examination of Aorta in which the cholesterol fed rats treated with Cardipro @ 50% mg/kg body weight revealed only occasional presence of fat in the medial coat and intact elastic fibres in contrest to marked elevations and depressions I the tunica intima associated muscles of medical coat and disruption of elastic fibres in only cholesterol fed rats.
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Standardisation and Quality Evaluation of Centella asiatica Linn.
G.V.R. Joseph, Sachin Chaturvedi, SS Deokule
April-June 2001, 20(4):99-110
Centella asiatica  Linn. Is a well-known medicinal herb used in various types of diseases, it was noticed that the herb is being heavily adulterated with the cheaper substances. A critical stud of the authentic and maker samples (available in powder for) s carried out to study current status of the drug in the local market. Powder analysis of the market samples shoes fragments of sclerenchymatous net, which is a characteristic feature of some umbelliferous fruits. Occurrence of prismatic crystals of calcium oxalate and large number of starch grains shows that the powdered materials are heavily adulterated with some cheaper substances. Fluorescence analysis of authentic and market samples exhibits 23.28% and 12.34% -18.13% respectively and there is a difference in curde fibre content also. Moreover there is remarkable difference in the quantitative value of Asiatic acid (3.25% - 0.12%) which is one of the chief constituents of C. asiatica.
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Effect of root extract of Aegle marmelos on dermal wound healing in rats
A Jaswanth, S Sathya, S Ramu, A Puratchikody, K Ruckmani
April-June 2001, 20(4):111-114
The wound healing effect of methanolic extract of the root of aegle marmelos was evaluated in the form of an ointment with two different concentrations (5% and 10% w/w in simple ointment base) in excision wound model and incision wound model in rats. In both the concentrations, the extract ointment produced a significant response in both the wound types tested, as evidenced by its wound contracting ability, wound closure time and increase in the tensile strength. The results were also comparable to those of a standard drug nitrofurazone.
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The Abc's of Cakra Therapy Deedre Diemer
TS Prakash
April-June 2001, 20(4):122-122
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Spritual Beauty Care Jacqueline Sinnige
Vatsalabalachandran Warrier
April-June 2001, 20(4):123-123
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Effect of Karela (Momordica charantia) powder in jarah (Scabies)
Shabbir H.H. Shah, M.M.H. Siddiqul, MY Siddiqui
April-June 2001, 20(4):77-80
Jarab (Scabies) is an itchy dermatosis caused by human mite Sarcotes scabiei. It usually involves inter digital spaces of hands and the flexor surface of the wrists. In severe infection, the dorsal surface of the elbows, anterior axillary folds, female breasts, periumblical area, genital area and buttocks are involved. Night itching in particular and secondary infection with postulation and lichenification in general are the main clinical features. According to Greeco-Arabian concept, conversion of Khilt-e Dam (Blood)into Khilt-e-Sauda, or increased ratio of Khilt-e-Safra in blood or when blood combined with Balgham-e -Share called Fasad-e Dam and this Fasad-e-Dam (Abnormal blood) acts as a culture media for Ajsam-e- Kahabeesa (Pathogenic organisms). Fasad-e Dam along with bacterial invasion, is collectively called Maddah-al - Jarab b Unani philosophers, later which was identified as sarcoptes scabiel and its infection is termed as scabies, The unani treatment of Jarab include Musaffiat-e-Dam (Blood purifiers) and Munzijat Wa Mukhrijat-e-Khilt (Coctive and expulsive of abnormal humour) drugs system cally and Maan-e-Ufoomat (Antiseptics) and Daaf-e-Jaraseem (Antimicrobials) drugs locally. Among useful unani drugs, karela powder showed relief in symptoms upto and average 53% of cases as our stud include 30 cases including control group of ten cases of 15 days treatment.
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