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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.  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
3.  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
4.  A SIMPLE METHOD FOR DETERMINATION OF CAFFEINE CONTENT IN TEA SAMPLES 
Ancient Science of Life  1994;14(1-2):35-38.
The present communication describes a simple and modified colorimetric procedure for the estimation of caffeine content in both commercial and locally available tea samples. Comparative data of caffeine content in different brands of tea samples are shown here. The present method is no doubt an improvised procedure for estimating directly caffeine content from the tea extracts. A possible explanation to account for the variability in caffeine content in different samples is offered.
PMCID: PMC3336507  PMID: 22556672
5.  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
6.  MAHONIA LESCHENAULTII – A TODA PLANT 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):242-244.
The present communication deals with a valuable plant Mahonia leschenaultia used by the Todas of Nilgiris in their religious and medical practices.
PMCID: PMC3336628  PMID: 22556593
7.  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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