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1.  Significance of gingers (Zingiberaceae) in Indian System of Medicine - Ayurveda: An overview 
Ancient Science of Life  2013;32(4):253-261.
Background:
Family Zingiberaceae consists of the large number of medicinal plants and is well-known for its use in ethnomedicine and play a major role in Indian System of Medicine, Ayurveda.
Objective:
The aim of this study is the documentation of Zingiberaceous plants used in Ayurveda, adding information to the systematics, vernacular names and chemistry with experimental data.
Materials and Methods:
The live plants were collected from wild and successfully conserved at Herbal Garden of Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal. The experimental data of each species has been collected from the various sources. The photographs were taken and all relevant data documented.
Results and Conclusion:
A total of 13 species belonging to 7 genera of Zingiberaceae were documented. The work will be useful to students and researchers as it provides an easy access to Zingiberaceous plants used in Ayurveda.
doi:10.4103/0257-7941.131989
PMCID: PMC4078479  PMID: 24991077
Ayurveda; Curcuma; Gingers; Indian System of Medicine; Zingiberaceae
2.  A review on phyto-pharmacological potentials of Euphorbia thymifolia L. 
Ancient Science of Life  2013;32(3):165-172.
Euphorbia thymifolia L. (Euphorbiaceae) is a small branched, hispidly pubescent, prostate annual herb, commonly known as laghududhika or choti-dudhi. The leaves, seeds and fresh juice of whole plant are used in worm infections, as stimulant, astringent. It is also used in bowel complaints and in many more diseases therapeutically. The present work is an extensive review of published literature concerning phytochemical and pharmacological potential of E. thymifolia. Data was searched and designed using various review modalities manually and using electronic search engines with reference to all aspects of E. thymifolia and was arranged chronologically. Complete information of the plant has been collected from the various books and journals since the last 32 years, internet databases, etc., were searched. Compiled data reflects the safety and therapeutic efficacy of the plant. This will be helpful for researchers to focus on the priority areas of research yet to be explored and in scientific use of the plant for its wide variety of traditional therapeutic claims and also as to find out new chemical entities responsible for its claimed traditional activities.
doi:10.4103/0257-7941.123001
PMCID: PMC3902538  PMID: 24501446
Anti-herpes simplex virus; antihyperglycemic; anti-inflammatory; antinociceptive; phytochemical
3.  Botanical identity of plant sources of Daśamūla drugs through an analysis of published literature 
Ancient Science of Life  2012;32(1):3-10.
Background:
Daśamūla (DM) is a top-traded group of medicinal plants used by the Ayurvedic industry. Through literature survey and analysis, this article has enlisted the botanical sources of DM, as correlated by several scholars. Such a list is not available from any single, earlier publication. It brings to light the confusion that exists in terms of botanical sources correlated to Ayurvedic entities. There is quite a bit of difference in the botanical correlation, parts, and substitutes reported in the different scholarly works, particularly for Pṛṣṇiparṇī, and Agnimantha. For e.g., is Uraria picta the original intended Pṛṣṇiparṇī, as the Ayurvedic Formulary of India (AFI) stipulates or is it U. lagopoidiodes or Desmodium gangeticum as other scholars report? While AFI provides two botanical correlations to Agnimantha in its two editions, namely Premna integrifolia and Clerodendrum phlomidis, other scholars correlate it to other Premna and Clerodendrum species. Why has AFI provided stem bark and whole plant as substitutes for roots of DM? Are substitutes recommended by AFI only for ecological or practical convenience or is there an Ayurvedic or pharmacological explanation for the same?
Aim:
There are many species used in the name of Daśamūla,, in this article all the species are listed out to find the differences in the usage of the drugs.
Materials and Methods:
Ayurveda texts and lexicons along with the texts which have done correlation work were considered to arrive at a list of various species used as Dasmula.
Results and Conclusion:
Since neither the methodology nor the logic behind the correlation have been discussed in these scholarly works, including the AFI, the same is not available for analysis or scrutiny. Such a list as provided in this article can form an essential base for a much needed systematic approach at etymological analysis, botanical correlation, and further scientific work to establish legitimacy of substitutes prescribed.
doi:10.4103/0257-7941.113790
PMCID: PMC3733204  PMID: 23929986
Ayurveda; botanical name correlation; Daśamūla; medicinal plants; substitutes
4.  A REVIEW ON THE AYURVEDIC HERB TRIBULUS TERRESTRIS L. 
Ancient Science of Life  1997;17(2):144-150.
Gokhshura (Tribulus Linn) of Family Zygophyllaceae is an indigenous plant which has been mentioned in Ayurveda with several clinical properties. The plant finds use in one form or the other in various ayurvedic preparations and this has been made it necessary to review the various studies carried out in its chemistry as well as pharmacology.
PMCID: PMC3331096  PMID: 22556836
5.  A REVIEW ON SOME ANTIDIABETIC PLANTS OF INDIA 
Ancient Science of Life  1995;14(3):168-180.
The control over diabetes mellitus depends upon the availability of insulin. Various efforts have been made in the recent past to control / check it. There is an increasing demand to use the natural antidiabetic agents. The literature pertaining to antidiabetic herbs is scattered. The present article is a conglomeration of available indigenous literature. It gives an additional information of list of antidiabetic plants which have not been discussed by Nagarajan et al76 and Handa et al45. It also presents some common plants used in diabetes, and the future of hypoglycaemic herbal drugs.
PMCID: PMC3331230  PMID: 22556695
6.  IMMUNOMODULATORS OF PLANT ORIGIN – A REVIEW 
Ancient Science of Life  1994;13(3-4):326-331.
The immunomodulatory property of plants is being studied with greater interest in recent years. This is more so because of the growing awareness regarding the need to modulate the immune system to achieve the desirable effects of preventing an infection rather than treating it at an advanced state. The recent advances in this field are summarized in this article.
PMCID: PMC3336526  PMID: 22556667
7.  A REVIEW ON LICORICE 
Ancient Science of Life  1993;13(1-2):57-88.
Licorice (Glycyrrhizaglabra L) is an important herb used in almost all systems of medicine. The author tries to present in this article a comprehensive review on all aspects of Licorice.
PMCID: PMC3336539  PMID: 22556632
8.  A REVIEW OF THE HISTORY OF PRAMEHA AND DIABETES MELLITUS 
Ancient Science of Life  1993;12(3-4):394-398.
Several diseases of polyuric nature were described in Ayurveda. Collectively called Prameha, this group includes an entity called Madhumeha which is the equivalent of diabetes mellitus. The medical history of the two diseases is described in the article.
PMCID: PMC3336561  PMID: 22556618
9.  MEDICINAL OLEOGUM RESIN – GUGGULU A REVIEW 
Ancient Science of Life  1985;5(2):104-112.
A detailed review on Guggulu, covering its botanical, Chemical Pharmacological and Ayurvedic aspects, is presented here.
PMCID: PMC3331448  PMID: 22557508

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