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1.  Physico-Phytochemical investigation and Anti-inflammatory screening of Capsicum annum L. and Hemidesmus indicus (Linn.) R. Br 
Ancient Science of Life  2010;29(4):35-40.
Capsicum annum L. (Family: Solanaceae) and Hemidesmus indicus (Linn.) R.Br. (Family: Asclepiadaceae) are commonly used in Tamilnadufor treating various ailments in the native system of medicine. The hydroalcoholic extracts of both plants at dose level of 100 mg/kg body weight showed demonstrable anti-inflammatory activity in the carrageenan-induced hind paw model in rats. Nevertheless, the overall anti-inflammatory activity exhibited by the extracts are found to be less as compared with that of standard drug Indometacin. Preliminary physico-phytochemical analysis of the plants in question were attempted. The results are highlighted and discussed.
PMCID: PMC3336288  PMID: 22557366
Capsicum annum L.; Hemidesmus indicus (Linn.)R.Br; Physico-phytochemical characters; anti-inflammatory activity; carrageenan-induced hind paw edema rat model; ethnomedicine
2.  INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE: ITS ROLE IN THE HEALTH CARE PRACTICES OF THE ANAMALAI HILLS OF COIMBATORE DISTRICT, TAMIL NADU, INDIA 
Ancient Science of Life  1999;18(3-4):228-230.
The communication deals wit 9 plant species used as a traditional medicine and the application of indigenous beliefs, knowledge is concerned with their health care practices by the anamalai ills aborigines.
PMCID: PMC3336485  PMID: 22556895
3.  PLANTS FROM THE TRADITIONAL MEDICAL SYSTEM OF THE NILGIRI TRIBES 
Ancient Science of Life  1997;16(4):360-365.
This study highlights the medico-ethono botanical information interviewed from Nilgin tribes. The results of this study brought forth 41 medicinal applications involving 34 plants that have been found incorporated into their traditional therapeutic relam of herbal cure for various common ailments the observations are discussed in the light of cross-cltural perspective among nilgiri abongies.
PMCID: PMC3331168  PMID: 22556812
4.  PHYSICO-CHEMICAL PROFILE OF AMMI MAJUS 
Ancient Science of Life  1996;16(2):142-147.
whole part and mother tincture of Ammi majus were chemically analyzed for setting the standards in Homoeopathic system of medicine. Extractive value, Ash value, TLC UV study and the absorbance spectra in the range of 200-500 nm can be taken as parameters to fix standards.
PMCID: PMC3331155  PMID: 22556783
5.  DRYNARIA QUERCIFOLIA – AN ANTIFERTILITY AGENT 
Ancient Science of Life  1996;15(4):286-287.
Which belongs to the family polypodiaceae is used as an antifertility agent among Kadars of Anamalai Hills Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu.
PMCID: PMC3331227  PMID: 22556758
6.  HOMOEOPATHIC FLORA OF INDIA 2 : TROPAEOLACEAE 
Ancient Science of Life  1996;15(3):219-221.
This papar gives a detailed account of description and illustration of the plant Tropaeolum majus Linn. Used in the homoeopathic system of medicine.
PMCID: PMC3331206  PMID: 22556745
7.  ANTI-PYRETIC ACTIVITY OF SOME PLANTS IN FEMALE ALBINO RATS: A PRELIMINARY REPORT 
Ancient Science of Life  1995;14(4):253-257.
Ethanolic extracts of Ailanthus exceisa (AE). Toddalia asiatica (TA) and Araucaria bidwilli (AB) were screened by the anti-pyretic activity in yeast induced hyperthermic test model in the laboratory. Dose of AE (100), TA (60) and AB (30) mg., equivalent of the plant material per kg. Body weight of the extracts were administered orally to the female albino rats. Acute toxicity and preliminary phytochemical screening were conducted for all the extracts. LD 50 values on oral administration of the extracts were found to be AE (1000), AB (350) and TA (250) mg. per kg. body weight respectively. Both the root and aerial part fractions of TA displayed a pronounced anti-pyretic activity comparable to the standard drug paracetamol. AB oleoresin fraction was also found to show anti-pyretic effect. These observations however, confirm the folk-medical practices still prevailing among the tribes.
PMCID: PMC3331248  PMID: 22556707
8.  PHARMACOLOGICAL STUDIES OF ARAUCARIA BIDWILLI HOOK 
Ancient Science of Life  1993;13(1-2):137-142.
Leaf and oleoresin fractions of both alcoholic and petroleum ether extracts of Araucaria bidwillii exhibited significant prolongation of pentobarbitones sleeping time at a dose of 300 and 100 mg/kg body weight respectively in mice. This effect is more pronounced for oleoresin than the leaf extracts. Further, the two extracts seem to possess analgesic effect comparable to aspirin by writing method. The analgesic activity is found to be higher in oleoresin than the leaf extracts. Both the extracts are found to show high anti inflammatory activity comparable to phenylbutzaone by cotton pellet granuloma method.
PMCID: PMC3336530  PMID: 22556639
9.  SOME RARE HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SOUTH INDIA 
Ancient Science of Life  1993;13(1-2):189-196.
This present study describes 11 species under 11 generate and 10 families of rare Homoeopathic Medicinal Plants introduced and cultivated in the Nilgiri district, Tamil Nadu, South India. The original citation, description, distribution and their medicinal uses are given.
PMCID: PMC3336545  PMID: 22556647
10.  LESS KNOWN EDIBLE FRUIT – YIELDING PLANTS OF NILGIRIS 
Ancient Science of Life  1993;12(3-4):363-376.
The present paper is concerned with 27 species belonging to 22 generate and 18 families, which yield wild edible fruits. They are arranged in alphabetical order followed by their local names and habit. An attempt has been also made to indicate the nutritive values of edible portions on the basis of documented literature. Brief illustration is furnished wherever necessary.
PMCID: PMC3336557  PMID: 22556615
11.  ADDITIONS TO THE FLORA OF NILGIRIS DISTRICT, TAMIL NADU 
Ancient Science of Life  1991;11(1-2):78-93.
Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu is one of the most botanised areas of southern India. In spite of it a number of wild plants had been missed by previous collectors. In addition a number of exotics and ornamentals having importance in alternative systems of medicine like Homoeopathy and Unani have not been collected and preserved as herbarium records. The present paper lists 36 species of wild plants and 69 species of exotics. Their areas of occurrence, phonological data, accession numbers, and names of collectors have been given.
PMCID: PMC3336589  PMID: 22556568
12.  PLANTS USED IN FOLK MEDICINE BY THE KOTAS OF NILGIRI DISTRICT, TAMIL NADU 
Ancient Science of Life  1991;10(4):223-230.
The present report deals with 34 plants of ethno botanical significance used s food and medicine by the Kotas of Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu. Dietary and medicinal applications of plants re briefly summarized and presented.
PMCID: PMC3331295  PMID: 22556537

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