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1.  HEPATOPROTECTIVE PLANTS USED BY THE TRIBALS OF WYNADU, MALAPPURAM AND PALGHAT DISTRICTS OF KERALA, INDIA. 
Ancient Science of Life  2002;22(1):1-8.
An intensive survey was carried out in Wynadu, Palghat and malappuram districts of Kerala to identify plants used by the tribals were identified in the survey. A brief account of 15 plant species used as single plant remedy for alleviating liver ailments by the tribals is given in this report. This ethnomedical information can lead the development of useful drugs against liver diseases.
PMCID: PMC3330988  PMID: 22557068
2.  ANTIPYRETIC ACTIVITY OF TBR-002, A HERBAL FORMULATION 
Ancient Science of Life  1995;15(1):7-14.
The antipyretic activity of a herbal formulation, TBR-002 was compared with that of andrographis paniculata, andrographis elongate and paracetamol in yeast-induced pyrexia in male albino rats, TBR-oo2 was found to be effective at an oral dose of 100 mg/kg in the inhibition if pyrexia. Its efficacy was almost comparable to that of paracetamol as well as andrographis elongate, the antipyretic activity of andrographis paniculata, the well known antipyretic herb, was found to be less than that of the above drugs.
PMCID: PMC3331185  PMID: 22556714
3.  FURTHER ON THE PHARMACOLOGY OF TRICHOPUS ZEYLANICUS 
Ancient Science of Life  1995;14(3):127-135.
Oral administration of Trichopus zeylanicus to mice (0.5 ml of 2% water suspension / mouse) for 7 consecutive days markedly increased the number of thymocytes splenic lymphocytes, total blood leucocytes and peritoneal macrophages without any effect on Haemoglobin content and body weight. This increase in the proliferation of lymphocytes and macrophages could be one of the mechanism of T.zeylanicus induced immunomodulation. Treatment with T. zeylanicus protected mice from tumour cell growth when challenged with 0.5 million of EAC ascetic tumour cells / mouse. Studies on the gastrointestinal function of this drug showed that the drug slightly reduced intestinal motility as judged from charcoal movement.
PMCID: PMC3331231  PMID: 22556689
4.  ETHNO-MEDICO-BOT ANICAL STUDIES OF CHERIYA ARAYAN-AND VALIYA ARAYAN- (Aristolochia indica, Linn; Aristolochia tagala, Cham) 
Ancient Science of Life  1989;9(2):99-106.
This paper presents two important species of plants used by the Kanitribes of Agastyar hills of Trivandrum district of Kerala against snake-poison and insect bite.
PMCID: PMC3331316  PMID: 22557684
5.  PLANTAIN OR EDIBLE BANANA (MUSA X PARADISICA VAR – SAPIEMTUM) SOME LESSER KNOWN FOLK USES IN INDIA 
Ancient Science of Life  1989;9(1):20-24.
Plantain Or edible banana (Musa X paradisiacal var. Sapientum), an important commercial fruit item of the tropics, is known in India since time immemorial. Apart from its use as a valuable food item, banana fruits and the different part of plant find diverse uses in various folk practices, customs, religious rituals and medicine among the villagers and tribal communities of the country which are oral in tradition. A study conducted on various medicinal applications of banana has shown that they are very effective and can be used by all as simple and safe home remedy for treating a number of common ailments which are reported here.
PMCID: PMC3331306  PMID: 22557669
6.  ADAPTOGENIC ACTIVITY OF SEEDS OF TRICHOPUS ZEYLANICUS GAERTN, THE GINSENG OF KERALA 
Ancient Science of Life  1989;8(3-4):212-219.
The alchoholic extract of seeds of Trichopus zeylanicus showed a potent adaptogenic or antistress properties against a variety of stresses in both rats an dmice. The extract increased the swimming performance of normal and adrenalectomized mice. Significantly; prevented a variety of stress and chemical induced ulcerations in rats and also prevented milk-induced leucocytosis in mice. The extract further reduced the gastric secretary clume, PH and acid output in pylorusligated rat stomach. No mortalitiy was observed upto a dose of 3 g/kg per oral in mice. The study indicated that trichopus zeylanicus seeds induce a state of nonspecific increased resistance against a variety of stress induced biological changes in animals.
PMCID: PMC3336722  PMID: 22557652
7.  ‘AROGYAPPACHA’ (TRICHOPUS ZEYLANICUS gaerin), THE ‘GINSENG’ OF KANI TRIBES OF AGASHYAR HILLS (KERALA) FOR EVER GREEN HEALH AND VITALITY 
Ancient Science of Life  1988;8(1):13-16.
‘Arogyappacha’ (Trichopus zeylanicus) found endemic to Agastyar hills of Kerala is used by the local ‘kani’ tribe as a health food for getting instant stamina, ever green health and vitality. The tonic effect of this plants is comparable to that of the famous health food/drug ‘Ginseng’. A critical survey of the Ayurveda classics, suggests that the ‘Arogyappacha’ may be the divine ‘Varahi’described by sushruta. Chemical and Pharmacological evaluation of the plant have been initiated.
PMCID: PMC3331343  PMID: 22557622
8.  ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE IN ANCIENT INDIA: AN APPRAISAL 
Ancient Science of Life  1987;7(1):1-5.
The ancient Indians were the custodians of a highly evolved civilization with great awareness on the decisive importance as well as the vulnerability of man's natural environment. The ancient Indians sages and Rishis had considered human environment from the point of view of physical, chemical, biological and social process that influences directly or indirectly the health and well – being of the human kind. Their approach towards life was very comprehensive, highly integrated with the environment and, therefore, was ecologically sound and sustainable. It was aimed at promoting a peaceful coexistence with all the living organisms as well as a fuller harmony with the physical environment. The ancient masters tactfully implemented much of their value oriented teachings through certain rituals, taboos and totems and made the people to observe it as spiritual duty; the violation of which was feared an antispiritual. This approach had its astonishing impact and the people accepted these value oriented practices as a way of life and which in course of time became traditions for ages ensuring peaceful coexistence of human kind with other living organisms as well as with the physical environment. But with the advent of modern civilization most of these value oriented traditions are being either lost or discarded. The disappearance or disregard for such time tested environmental conservation or preservation oriented traditions had begun to show its detrimental effect on the life supporting system.
PMCID: PMC3331376  PMID: 22557580
9.  TRADITIONAL MEDICINES OF INDIA. 1 THE ROLE OF MIND AND AUTOSUGGESTION IN THE EFFICACY OF MAGICO – RELIGIOUS PRACTICE OF TRIBAL MEDICINES 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;3(4):213-215.
Magico – religious rites in treating physical and mental ailments once widespread in ancient India are still prevalent among the tribals / primitive societies. This study shows that it is based on a scientifically sound psychological approach. Magical incantation and other religious rites performed to cure the disease unknowingly affect the mind of patient who in turn subjected to have autosuggestions of getting cured. This generates a kind of psychic energy in him which then helps him to regain the natural capacity of the body to recover from the ailments.
PMCID: PMC3331570  PMID: 22557409

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