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   2001| October-December  | Volume 21 | Issue 2  
    Online since November 11, 2011

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Tea (Camelia thea): Boon or curse for human being
OP Singh, J Hazra, NN Pathak
October-December 2001, 21(2):135-138
Drinking some types of tea and other caffaeinated drink is a part of our culture and everyday life. It is contained from the leaves and seeds of evergreen plant (Camelia thea). It is caffeine contained in so many drinks which really plays havoc with our body and mind. It is only when man exceeds they tea drinking that he experiences the ill effects. When taken in limited quantity tea is indeed very good for health.
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Effect of pomegranate (Punica granatum L) juice on changes in tissue glutathione levels of rats exposed tohigh altitude hypoxia
Gaurava , Praveenvats , Radhey Shyam, Shoba Suri, MML Kumria, K Sridharan, PC Sharmaa, Som Nath Singh
October-December 2001, 21(2):75-86
Oxidative stress due to excessive production of free radicals in living organisms during exposure to hypobaric hypoxia is well documented. In search of a suitable antioxidant from natural sources, in the present study effect of pomegranate (Punica granatum, family Punicaceae) juice (PG) was evaluated on glutathione levels and related enzymes in tissues of rats exposed to simulated altitude of 6096 m. Twenty four male Sprague Dawley rats were divided in three groups i.e. 1) Normal, 2) Exposed to hypoxia and 3) Exposed to hypoxia and treated prior with PG (0.1g/rat) for 15 days. Blood glucose, liver glycogen, glutathione (reduced, GSH; oxidized, GSSG), glutathione reductase, glutathione S-transferase, Y-glutamyl transpeptidase were estimated in liver, muscle and blood/RBC. Marked alterations were observed in these variables during hypoxia exposure. There was decrease in lipid peroxidation in muscle and restoration of GSH:GSSG ratio in PG treated group in comparison with untreated exposed animals. Results confirm recently reported antioxidant property of pomegranate.
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Pharmacognostic studies on the fruits of Jatropha curcas Linn
G.V.R. Joseph
October-December 2001, 21(2):128-134
Present paper deals with the pharmacognostic studies of the fruits of J. curcas  Linn. The 75-80 cells thick pericarp is differentiated into epicarp, mesocarp and endocarp. Mesocarpic zone embeds non-articulated laticifers, tannin containing idioblasts and randomly distributed vascular bundles. Endocarp shows the occurrence of fibrous sclereids. Preliminary phytochemical screening of the drug powder shows the presence of alkaloids, carbohydrates, glycosides and tannins. Clinical evaluation of the fresh fruit juice has shown it s anti gingivitic property.
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Phytochemical characterisation and Anti-microbial activity of Vitex negundu leaves
SM Verma, P Ramchandran, RK Verma
October-December 2001, 21(2):96-98
Fresh leaves of vitex negundu  were collected and macroscopic and microscopic characters were determined. Soxhlet extraction of the powdered leavers was carried out using petroleum ether (40:60) and chloroform. Idenitification of important phytoconstituents was carried out. Characterization by TLC showed the presence of vitexin. The processed leaf extract was tested for antimicrobial activity. The results indicated antibacterial activity of the extract.
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Variability and character association in rose coloured leadwort (Plumbago rosea Linn.)
Alice Kurian, CA Anitha, EV Nybe
October-December 2001, 21(2):92-95
Forty five plumbago rosea accessions collected from different parts of Kerala state were evaluated for variability in morphological and yield related characters and plumbagin content. Highly significant variation was evident for all the characters studied except leaf size indicating wide variability in the accessions. Accessions PR 25 and PR 31 appear to be promising with respect to root yield and high plumbagin content. Character association revelated significant and positive correlation of all the characters except leaf size with yield. Hence, selection of high yielding types could easily be done based on visual characters expressing more vegetative growth but with reduced leaf size.
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Pharmacognostical studies on changeri oxalis corniculata Linn. (Oxalidaceae)
Z Mary, KG Vasantha Kumar, Saraswathy Pasupathy, T Bikshapathi
October-December 2001, 21(2):120-127
Pharmacognostical studies on Oxalis corniculate (Changeri) stem and leaves along with pre-liminary phytochemical studies are presented in this paper.
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Herbal folk medicines of Jalgaon District (Maharashtra)
Shubhangi Fawar, DA Patil
October-December 2001, 21(2):87-91
Fifty plants belonging to 33 angiospermic families used by aborigines and rurals for different human ailments hitherto unreported from Jalgaon district. Maharashtra, India are communicated. Further scientific evaluation on pharmacological and clinical lines is needed for these widely employed herbal medicines.
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A study of lukol in leucorrhoea, pelvic inflammatory diseases and dysfunctional uterine bleeding
PV Tewiri, DR Neelam, MO KBA Suliw Kulkiro
October-December 2001, 21(2):139-150
Leucorrhoea and dysfimctional uterine bleeding are very common and significant clinical manifestations seen by the gynecologist in their day-to day practice and these complaints are sufficient to create distress in females. Lukol has shown efficacy in symptomatic relief in these conditions. A total of sixty cases were registered after a complete detailed investigation. Lukol 2 tablets thrice a day were administered and reviewed after 15 days. The response assessed on the basis of symptomatic improvement.
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Physico-chemical profile of some colouring plants used in homoeopathy
P Subramaniam, Sunilkumar
October-December 2001, 21(2):111-119
The objective of this paper deal with the physico chemical aspects of certain colouring plants namely. Bixa orellana  Linn. (Leaves) and Lawsonia inermis  Linn (Leaves). The determined data under the physico chemical, chromatographic and spectrophotometric studies can be taken as a pharmacopoeial standards.
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Pharmacological properties of a protease from Ficus hispiad Linn
D Chetia, LK Nath, SK Dutta
October-December 2001, 21(2):99-110
A sulphydryl plant protease present in the latex of Ficus hispida  Linn affects hatematological values in mice. The isolated protease was found to increase clotting time and erythrocyte sedimentation rate while haemoglobin conten, RBC count and WBC count were decreased in a dose dependent manner. Ointment containing 1.0% (w/w) hispidain in washable ointment base showed good wound healing property in mice. The protease also possesses mild anti inflammatory activity.
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Book Review
S Poornima
October-December 2001, 21(2):153-153
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