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1.  ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF CHEMOCONSTITUENTS OF ROOTS OF SALACIA MACROSPERMA 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):251-256.
The ethanolic extract of roots of Salacia macrosperma (Hippocrataceae) exhibited significant in vitro antimicrobial activity. The ethanolic extract was fractionated with different solvents and all the fractions were screened for their antimicrobial spectrum against eight gram-positive, five gram-negative and ten fungal strains. Chloroform fraction followed by benzene fraction of enthanolic extract showed significant antimicrobial effect against all the microorganisms tested. The dose-dependent activity of fractions was evaluated against selected microbial strains and compared with appropriate standards.
PMCID: PMC3336611  PMID: 22556596
2.  A NOTE ON ETNO – OCEANO BIOLOGY OF ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):248-250.
The present paper coins a new term Ethno-Oceanobiology, a new sub-discipline of ethnobiology and deals with the uses of some marine plants by tribals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
PMCID: PMC3336612  PMID: 22556595
3.  ELUCIDATION OF THE FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED IN AYURVEDIC CLINICAL 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):292-298.
The theory and practice of Ayurveda are based on the doctrine of tridosa, according to which disease states spring from the disturbance of the three factors vata, pitta and kapha. Being a wholistic medical system Ayurveda considers several variables in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. This report identifies these variables in detail and highlights their clinical significance.
PMCID: PMC3336613  PMID: 22556606
4.  KUNJARA – THE YOGIC STOMACH WASH 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):261-263.
KUNJARA or KUNJALA is a yogic technique by which large volume of water is vomited out in jets just as an elephant does through its trunk. The technique of performing this beneficial stomach wash is described.
PMCID: PMC3336614  PMID: 22556598
5.  ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF THE ESSENTIAL OIL OF PAVONIA ODORATA WILLD 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):227-230.
The essential oil from the rhizomes of Pavonia odorata Willd was extracted in an yield of 0.2% by hydrodistillation, and screened for antibacterial and antifungal activity against ten bacteria and thirteen fungi using paper disc agar diffusion technique. The oil was found to inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Diplococcus pheumoniae, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella sp at 0.55 concentration. The oil was also found to inhibit the growth of keratinophilic fungi Trichophyton mentagreophytes and Chrysosporium indicum along with Aspergillus sp., Botrydiplodia sp. Fusarium solani etc.
PMCID: PMC3336615  PMID: 22556591
6.  PLANT NAMES – SANSKRIT AND LATIN 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):201-220.
Ascertaining the botanical identities of many of the plants described in Sanskrit literature is a difficult task. However, the problem can be solved by basing the studies on an authentic and ancient Sanskrit work. Thus the Garuda Purana was studied and the botanical identities of the numerous plants listed in chapter 202 of the Purvabhaga were ascertained.
PMCID: PMC3336616  PMID: 22556589
7.  ANTI DIABETIC ACTIVITY OF AMRITHADI CHURNAM 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):280-285.
Amrithadi Churnam – a compound ayurvedic preparation made up of Tinospora cordifolia, Salacia prenoides, Curcuma longa, Tribulus terrestris and Emblica Officinalis was screened for its antidiabetic activity. From the studies it could be established that Amrithadi churnam at a dose level of 100mg/kg b.w. was the optimum dose in alloxan diabetic rats. No toxic effects were observed as evidenced by the study of liver enzymes and blood haematoerit. An extra pancreatic role of the drug cannot be rulled out, since it (100 mg/kg b.w) produced significant decrease in blood sugar level in alloxan diabetic rats.
PMCID: PMC3336617  PMID: 22556603
8.  ANTI-PARASITIC ACTIVITY OF CERTAIN INDIGEOUS PLANTS 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):271-273.
The antiparasitic activity of certain indigenous plant extracts was tested against the model bovine filarial parasite Setaria digitata. Among the plants tested, the extracts of Strebulus asper was found to be most effective. The chloroform and other phase of the organic solvents showed most activity indicating that the active compound may be a non polar substance having low molecular weight.
PMCID: PMC3336618  PMID: 22556601
9.  ANTI-ULCER ACTIVITY OF LEUCAS ASPERA SPRENG 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):257-260.
The alcoholic extract of Leucas aspera (ALA) was investigated for its antiulcer effect by two experimental models. A significant reduction in acid secretion and ulcer score was observed in rats after ALA treatment. The observed antiulcer effect of ALA may be due to a combination of antisecretary effect and a protective effect on gastric mucosa.
PMCID: PMC3336619  PMID: 22556597
10.  AYURVEDA – A HOLISTIC SCIENCE 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):286-288.
Bing a holistic medical system, Ayurveda is unique in its approach to the study of diseases. It also has the potential of giving rise to a new psychotherapy in which devices of bhakti, yoga and Vedanta can be ably incorporated.
PMCID: PMC3336620  PMID: 22556604
11.  ON THE INCIDENCE OF RAKTAJA KRIMI (DERMATOPHYTES) IN CHHINDWARA, MADHYA PRADESH 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):221-226.
A survey of Raktaja Krimis of Chhindwara was made during July, 1986 to June, 1987. Tinea infections were abundant followed by Tinea cruris, Tinea pedis, Tinear capitis, Tinea barbae, and Tinea unguinum. Tinea infections were common among the youth between 21 – 30 years. The percentage wise tinea infections were as follows : Trichophyton rubrum (64.5%), T. mentagrophytes (5.37%), T. violaceum (1.07%), Epidermophyton flocceum (18.12%), Micrisporum gypseum (7.52%) and M. nanum (5.37%).
PMCID: PMC3336621  PMID: 22556590
12.  EVALUATION OF CUSTARD BASED ON AYURVEDIC PRINCIPLES 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):267-270.
The principles of Ayurveda can be used to elucidate the medicinal properties of new food stuff or medicinal substance. This point is proved with the example of custard.
PMCID: PMC3336622  PMID: 22556600
13.  CONTRACEPTIVE EFFICACY OF SOLANUM XANTHOCARPUM BERRY IN MALE RATS 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):264-266.
Oral feeding of 50% EtOH of Solanum xanthocarpum berry to male rats at the dose of 0.5 gm/kg body weight caused arrest of spermotagenesis. The number of spermatocytes (primary and secondary) and spermatids were significantly reduced (P<0.05 to 0.001). The total number of immature and mature leydig cells were significantly decreased (P<0.001), whereas degenerating cells were significantly increased (P<0.001). The decreased testicular cell population reflects antispermatogenic nature of Solanium xanthocarpum berry extract.
PMCID: PMC3336623  PMID: 22556599
14.  TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AMONG THE RURAL FOLK OF MORENA DISTRICT MADHYA PRADESH 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):274-279.
The present study carried out in the rural areas of Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, concerns the traditional use of indigenous herbal medicines against various diseases. Thirty medicinal plants have been mentioned along with their botanical name, families, local name, locality, medicinal use and field numbers.
PMCID: PMC3336624  PMID: 22556602
15.  PHARMACOGNOSTICAL STUDIES OF JANAKIA ARAYALPATRA JOSEPH ET. CHANDRASEKHARAN (PERIPLOCACEAE) 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):299-308.
Janakia arayalpatra (Periplocaceae) known to the local kani tribe as ‘Amruthapala’ is a rare and endemic wild plant species of southern forested region of Western Ghats. The medicinal value of this plant as a potential drug was reported by the authors earlier (on the basis of the information collected from the Kani tribe). Preliminary ethnopharmacological investigation of the plant showed promising results. In view of the emerging medical importance of this plant, a detailed pharmacognostical investigation of this plant species was carried out. The plant species is now placed under the family periploaceae which was formerly considered to be a sub-division of the family Asclepiadaceae. Pharmacognostical investigation of the root of this plant showed certain characterstic anatomical features like those of the Asclepiadaceae. The aroma and physical characterstics of the roots have close resemblance with plant species like Utleria salicifolia Bedd. and Hemidesmus indicus R. Br.
PMCID: PMC3336625  PMID: 22556607
16.  ESTIMATION OF STEROLS FROM DASHMULA 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):245-247.
Dashmulakwatha, a preparation of Dashmula official in the Ayurvedic Formulary, was estimated for its phytosterol content by HPTLC method. The preparation was found to contain 7.165% W/W of phytosterols with respect to β-sitosterol as standard.
PMCID: PMC3336626  PMID: 22556594
17.  AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MYSTICISM OF THE SRI CHAKRA 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):289-291.
The Sri Chakra is an important device used in the worship of the primordial energy which is the cause for the creation, maintenance and destruction of the cosmos. The author attempts in this article to provide an explanation for the mystical aspects of the celebrated yantra.
PMCID: PMC3336627  PMID: 22556605
18.  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
19.  EFFECT OF HEXANE EXTRACT OF FERULA JAESCHKEANA ON THE UTERUS OF ADULT OVARIECTOMISED RATS 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):231-241.
Effect of hexane extract of Ferula jaeschkeana has been studied on the histological and biochemical constituents of the uterus of ovariectomized rats. Its administration caused remarkable increase in the height of luminal epithelium and the number of uterine glands. Its per se treatment also caused significant increase in the glycogen and protein contents and the activity of acid and alkaline phosphatase. When the extract was administered with estradiol dipropionate, a synergic effect was observed in histological and biochemical constituents of the uterus. Conjoint administration with progesterone did not antagonize the estrogenic influence of the extract.
PMCID: PMC3336629  PMID: 22556592
20.  TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL PLANTS: ANCIENT AND MODERN APPROACH 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;12(1-2):197-200.
History of medicine and plants dates back to remote past when herbal treatment was the only answer to all kind of ailments. Nowadays, greater emphasis is again being laid to phytotherapy all over the world. Besides, cultivation-cum-setting up herbal gardens are also mooted on hills and plain areas as management of all kinds of diseases is possible through plant drugs sans toxicity.
PMCID: PMC3336630  PMID: 22556588
21.  THE MANY FACES OF AYURVEDA* 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;11(3-4):106-113.
The erudite author makes an attempt in this article to trace the historical developments of Ayurveda. He also identifies the divergent views which made their appearance on the scene, thus highlighting the flexibility and adaptability of the system to ever changing circumstances.
PMCID: PMC3336593  PMID: 22556571
22.  ANTIHEPATOTOXIC ACTIVITY OF ECLIPTA ALBA, TEPHROSIA PURPUREA AND BOERHAAVIA DIFFUSA 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;11(3-4):182-186.
Alcoholic and chloroform extracts of E. alba T. purpurea and B. diffusa were screened for antihepatotoxic activity. The extracts were given after the liver was damaged with CCl4. Liver function was assessed based on liver to boy weight ratio, pentobarbitone sleep time, serum levels of transaminase (SGPT, SGOT), alkaline phosphatase (SALP) and bilirubin. Alcoholic extract of E. alba was found to have good antihepatotoxic activity.
PMCID: PMC3336594  PMID: 22556585
23.  FURTHER NOMENCLATURAL CHANGES IN INDIAN HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINAL PLANTS 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;11(3-4):118-125.
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 earlier collectors. Moreover, many exotics and ornamentals having importance in alternative systems of medicine have not been collected and preserved. The present paper lists 34 species of plants used in homeopathy belonging to 31 genera under 23 families.
PMCID: PMC3336595  PMID: 22556573
24.  ON SALVATION 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;11(3-4):1.
PMCID: PMC3336596  PMID: 22556570
25.  PROSPECTING FOR TRADITIONAL DRUGS USED IN FERTILITY REGULATION FROM RAJASTHAN 
Ancient Science of Life  1992;11(3-4):163-168.
Ethnobotanical investigations by various workers including the senior author during the present decade have revealed fifteen antifertility drugs employed by different tribes of Rajasthan. Ten have been reported from the southern region alone. The lower plants are represented by a single fern Actiniopteres radiate. Most drugs comprise single species and are orally administered. While some drugs offer permanent contraception, other are effective for a definite period only. Likewise, drugs are effectively used in early, advanced or late pregnancy. Some of the drugs used in Rajasthan are similarly used in adjoining States also. The antifertility activity of some has been pharmacologically established.
PMCID: PMC3336597  PMID: 22556581

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