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   2003| April-June  | Volume 22 | Issue 4  
    Online since November 11, 2011

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Comparative microbiological activities of ethanolic extracts of roots and aerial parts of Achyranthes aspera Linn
S Suresh Kumar, P Perumal, D Boopathy, Pulok K Mukherjee, B Suresh
April-June 2003, 22(4):140-145
Ethanolic extract of roots and aerial parts of Achyranthes aspera  was investigated for its antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus pumilus, and Proteus vulgaris and anti fungal activity against Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus flavus at 100 mg/disc using diffusion method. The comparative studies shown that ethanolic extract of roots and aerial parts of Achyranthes aspera  have exhibited moderately equal action when compared to Cotrimoxazole (30 mg/disc) for antibacterial and Clotrimazole (30 mg/disc) for antifungal activity. Our findings confirm the traditional therapeutic claims for this herb.
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Emergence of Mesua ferrea Linn. leaf extract as a potent bactericide
Rupa Mazumder, Sujata G Dastidar, SP Basu, Avijit Mazumder, Sanjay Kumar
April-June 2003, 22(4):160-165
The methanolic extract of leaves of Mesua ferrea  Linn. were tested for its antibacterial potentiality against 103 various strains of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus spps. Klebsiella spps., Streptococus pneumoniae, Sarcina lutea, Lactobacilus arabinosus, Escherichia coli, shigellae, salmonellae, Proteus spps., Pseudomonas spps. and the vibrios. Significant antibacterial effects were produced by the extract against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus sppa., lactobacilli, Escherichia coli, shigellae and salmonellae and the results were compared with standard antibiotic ciprofloxacin. Further the extract was proved to be bacterial in its action.
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In-vitro culture studies for callus and root generation of Boerhaavia diffusa Linn
Vandana Jain, D Singh, Swarnalata Saraf, S Saraf
April-June 2003, 22(4):134-139
Leaf and stem explants excised from young plant of B.diffusa  were cultured on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium containing agar (0.8%), sucrose (2.5%) and varied concentration of Indole butyric acid (IBA), Napthyl acetic acid (NAA), 2,4 - dichloro phenoxy acetic acid (2,4-D) and Picrolam. Leaf explants has given better response for both rooting and callus formation. IBA in a concentration of 5μM has shown maximum regeneration (69.7%) with induction period of 7 days. The developed roots were similar to that of naturally grown roots with little anatomical changes. For callus formation 20μM 2, 4-D has given maximum amount and percentage response 979.5% with an induction period of 8 days. Picrolam (10μM) has shown 36.6% response and the average weight of callus was less as compared with 2,4-D. The callus obtained was friable and opaque in nature.
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Ayurvedic management of AIDS
Umesh Chand Sharma, Amanpree Kaur Broca
April-June 2003, 22(4):122-128
This works look into the theoretical aspects of management of AIDS related conditions as told in the samhitas
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Studies of pharmacognostical profiles of Cleome viscosa L (Family:Capparidaceae)
B Parimala Devi, R Boominathan, Subhash , C Mandal
April-June 2003, 22(4):115-121
The macroscopic characters of the whole plant, physical constant values, extractive values, behavior on treatment with different chemical reagents, fluorescence characters under ultra violet light after treatment with different reagents of the powered entire plant of Cleome viscose Linn. (Capparidaceae) were studied to fix some pharmacognostical parameters. Preliminary phytochemical screening on the methanol extract of the plant also performed. These studies will help in identification of this plant for further research.
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Pharmacognostical studies on leaves of Ataiantia monophyia correa
S Manimaran, S Sathya, T Subburaju, SP Dhanabal, T Tamizhmani, MJ Nanjan, B Suresh
April-June 2003, 22(4):129-133
Leaves of Atalantia monophylla  are used in chronic rheumatism and paralysis. The Pharmacognostical studies like histological characters, leaf constants, ash values and extractive values of leaves of Atalantia monophylla  Corr were carried out. The preliminary phytochemical analysis were also carried out.
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Diuretic activity of Coleus Aromaticus benth on rats
TK Sur, S Pandit, TK Biswas, RB Ghosh, D Bhattacharyya
April-June 2003, 22(4):146-151
Water extract of the leaves of Coleus Aromaticus benth  was tested for its diuretic activity in male albino rats. The study was carried out on normal rats using furosemide as a standard reference drug. Rats were treated with furosemide (4 mg/kg. p.o) and Coleus aromaticus (0.5 g/kg and 1.0 g/kg, p/o). Urine was collected and its volume was recorded. Urinary levels of sodium, potassium and chloride were estimated. Treatment with Coleus aromaticus produced diuresis. The urine output and electrolytes concentration was significantly increased. Hence, it is suggested, Coleus aromaticus leaves has diuretic activity on rats.
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Ethnobotanical medicines of Anaimalai Union Pollachi Taluk, Coimbatore District, Tamilnadu
R Brinda, S Parvathy
April-June 2003, 22(4):166-168
About 25 Ethnobotanical Plants belonging to 21 Angiospermic families used by the people of Anaimalai union for different types of diseases. These information's were collected from the tribal people of the union and reported for the first time. The great biodiversity of the vegetation particularly the medicinal plants are being unexplored. There is a wide scope to develop the growth of medicinal plants to establish pharmaceutical setup for traditional medicinal care.
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Evaluation of a combination of a unani pharmacopeal preparation (Itrifal ustukhudoos) with cloves (Qaranfal) in allergic rhinitis -A preliminary clinical study
Syed Asif Hussain, AB Khan, MY Siddiqui, T Latafat, T Kidwai
April-June 2003, 22(4):152-159
Allergic Rhinitis is typically characterized by sneezing, rhinorrhoea, nasal obstruction, nasal, conjunctival & pharyngeal itching and lacrimation all occurring in a temporal relation to allergen exposure. The peak incidence of this disease occurs in childhood and adolescence, with most of the cases belonging to the atopic category. There is a high incidence of patients of allergic rhinitis attending the outdoor sections of Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College Hospital. Many of them are dissatisfied with conventional anti-histaminic drugs. An open study was carried out on 20 such patients aged between 15 to 50 years to evaluate the clinical efficacy of a unani pharmacopeal preparation [Itrifal ustukhudoos ] added with cloves [qaranfal]. Preliminary clinical study showed promising results. The study is into the next phase in which a comparative double-blind trial is being conducted with this combination and Allegra (Fexofenadine hydrochloride).
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Book Review
April-June 2003, 22(4):169-169
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