Recent Articles

Up-to-date Review on Therapeutic Interior of Catharanthus Roseus; for Anticancer and Antidiabetic Activities

 Cathranthus roseus comprise a group of alkaloids mainly vincristine, vinblastine, resperine, ajmalcine. Here we review the recent advances in the biosynthetic pathway of terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs) in C. roseus, and the identification and characterization of the corresponding enzymes involved in this pathway. Vincristine and vinblastine are used for treatment of various type of cancer such as Hodgkin’s disease, breast cancer, leukemia etc. Madagascar periwinkle is poisonous if ingested or smoked. The pharmacognostical aspects of cathranthus roseus alkaloid cover botanical, phytochemical and analytical data. It has high medicinal value which needs to be explored extensively.

Atr-ftir and Hplc Spectroscopic Studies and Evaluation of Mineral Content of Carica Papaya Leaves and Flowers

We applied Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to study the main constituents in the male Carica papaya leaves and flowers in the mid infrared region 4000–650 cm –1 . The findings indicated that FTIR spectrum can discriminate and identify various functional groups present in the pawpaw parts.

Four water-soluble vitamins, thiamine (vitamin B1 ), riboflavin (vitamin B2 ) niacin (vitamin B3) and folic acid (vitamin B9) were analyzed by HPLC. Niacin and folic acid were detected in the leaves at a concentration of 7.08 mg/100 g and 1.00 mg/100 g dry weight, respectively, while only folic acid could be detected in the flowers at a high concentration of 510.34 mg/100 g dry weight. Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) analysis of the samples showed that the leaves and flowers contain elements like K, Na, Mn, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu, Ca, Cd and Ni in various proportions, with the leaves containing higher concentrations of Mg, Ca, Zn, Fe and Ni than the flowers.  

Comparative Analgesic Activity of Trois in Rat Formalin Test

 Several topical formulations are available in the market for the management of pain. With the aim of increasing efficacy and decreasing side effects, herbal drugs are being researched for various therapeutic applications This study involved comparison of marketed formulations: Trois, Volini, Moov and Fast-Relief. Trois is a proprietary herbal product indicated for the the management of painful states. The rat formalin test was utilized as the animal model for pain and observations of composite pain score, number of paw licks and pain response latency were recorded in the early and late phases. Results of the present study indicated that Trois was superior in management of acute and chronic pain states as indicated by pain response latency, number of paw licks and composite pain score. Pain scoring indicated that all formulations, except Volini, were significantly better than control in the early phase with Trois showing the highest efficacy. Late phase observations suggested that all formulations were significantly better, with Trois maintaining its higher efficacy. Trois reduced the number of licks and pain response latency to a significant extent in the early and late phases whereas the effect of Moov, Volini and Fast Relief, were significant only in the late phase. Hence, it can be concluded that Trois is a better herbal topical pain relief alternative as compared to other commercial products. 

Some Native Medicinal Plants – Around Palakonda Division of Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh, India

 The native medicinal plants study was carried out in adjoining tribal areas of Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh during the month of January, 2014 – June, 2014. The information related to medicinal species which are used to cure common ailments and diseases were collected by the local people of study area. A total of 118 plants belonging to 55 families are listed in this paper. 

Antidiabetic, Antihyperlipidemic and Antioxidant Activities of Aqueous and Ethanol Extracts of Leaves of Trewia Nudiflora Linn in Alloxan Induced Diabetic Rats

 The aim of this study was to investigate the antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic and antioxidant activities of aqueous and ethanol extracts of leaves of Trewia nudiflora in alloxan (ALX) induced diabetic rats. Diabetes was confirmed after 5 days of single intraperitoneal injection of ALX (140 mg/kg) in albino Wister rats. Aqueous and ethanol extracts of leaves of Trewia nudiflora (100 and 200 mg/kg) and glibenclamide (10 mg/kg, p.o.) orally administered daily for 15 days, blood was withdrawn for glucose determination on 0, 1, 10 and 15 days respectively. On the 15th day, overnight fasted rats were sacrificed and blood was collected for the determination of high density lipoproteins cholesterol (HDL-C), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), very low density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C), total cholesterol (TC), total glycerides (TG) and total proteins (TP). Aqueous and ethanol extracts of leaves of Trewia nudiflora at doses of 100 and 200 mg/kg showed significant reduction is blood glucose, lipid when compared to diabetic control group. In vitro DPPH radical scavenging activity of aqueous and ethanol extracts of leaves of Trewia nudiflora was also studied. We concluded that aqueous and ethanol extracts of leaves of Trewia nudiflora possess antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic and antioxidant activities.

Potential Anti-diabetic Plants of Eastern India- a Review Article

 Diabetes mellitus is one the most common diseases in the world. It is assumed that in near future the number of people affected by this disease will reach over 1 billion. There is no permanent treatment to this disease apart from some dietary controlling, exercising and few oral hypoglycemic agents. Use of various plants helps in preventing the increase of blood-glucose level. This review article aims to cover few very important plants which help in reducing the glucose levels in blood from the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa. The plants reviewed here are very common to the region and poses no threat to the human body