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COMMONLY USED MEDICINAL PLANTS IN TEHSIL PACHHAD, DISTRICT SIRMOUR, HIMACHAL PRADESH

ABOUT AUTHORS:
Shubham Sharma*1, Monika Rana2
1Abhilashi College of Pharmacy, Mandi (H.P)
2Abhilashi University, Mandi (H.P)
Shubhamcoolsharma045@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
Himachal Pradesh is located in Western Himalaya, is a store house of medicinal plants. Most of the population lives in villages and use various plants for their basic needs such as food, fodder, wood and to treat various diseases.  The present study is carried out in district Sirmour of Himachal Pradesh, regarding the ethno medicinal plants used by the locals in their own traditional health system. This study reveals the status of ethno-medicinal plants and their importance preserved by locals of Distt Sirmour. The paper encompasses the 43 medicinal plants. These plants were collected from different villages of Sirmour Distt and information was collected from locals peoples.


TOMATO CUISINES: A DELECTABLE REJOINDER TO THREAT OF CHRONIC AILMENTS?

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ABOUT AUTHORS:
Vikram S. Chauhan1*, Bina Rani2, Priyanka Bishnoi3, Raaz K. Maheshwari3

1
Department of Botany, SBRM Govt PG College, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India
2Department of Engineering chemistry & Environmental Engineering, Poornima College of Engineering, Jaipur, India
3Department of Chemistry, SBRM Government PG College, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India
*vikkysingh2000@yahoo.com; rkmgreenchem.jaipur@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
With the advent of modern times, stress and pollution have led to major effect on rise of death toll due to chronic diseases. Such diseases are major cause of concern for the medical society. Lycopene, a carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes and its products has antioxidant properties due to the presence of numerous double bonds. Increased consumption of lycopene containing diet has been proposed to offer a protection against many types of cancers and cardio-vascular diseases. Its potential role as nutraceutical has been suggested in many studies. The present review deals with fundamental biochemistry, bio-availability and benefits of lycopene rich diet and its relation with some chronic diseases like various forms of cancers and cardiovascular diseases.


STUDY ON AGARWOOD (AQUILARIA MALACCENSIS) TO EVALUATE ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITIES OF N – HEXANE, CHLOROFORM AND ETHYL ACETATE EXTRACTS

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ABOUT AUTHOR:
Yesmin Begum
Department of Pharmacy,
Southeast University, Banani, Dhaka
yesumyta@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
The present research aims to investigate the antibacterial and antioxidant activities of different leaf extracts of Aquillaria malaccensis. Antibacterial tests were done by Disc diffusion method using Kanamycin as standard. The chloroform extract showed good antibacterial activity against Shigella boydii and Escherichia coli with 19 mm and 17 mm zone of inhibition respectively. All other extracts showed mild to moderate antibacterial activity against other bacteria with 7 – 16mm zone of inhibition. The antioxidant activity of the extracts was determined by using DPPH spectrophotometrically and ascorbic acid was used as standard. All three extracts showed significant antioxidant activities having IC50 value of 38.96 µg/ml, 39.63 µg/ml and 64.75 µg/ml for ethyl acetate, n –hexane and chloroform extracts respectively.


EFFECT OF PULSATILLA ON POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME AND ITS ASSOCIATED CANCER

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ABOUT AUTHORS:
Debpratim Chakraborty
Persuing M.Pharm (Pharmacognosy),
Jadavpur University, West bengal.
debpratim008@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of the most common female endocrine. Many papers reported the correlation between infertility that most eminently predisposes towards cancer in PCOS women from many years. From both clinical and experimental research one can conclude that correlation between PCOS and endometrial cancer is the strongest. Most studies on correlation between PCOS and ovarian cancer as well as breast cancer failed to show a link though Pulsatilla have a strong effect on it. Various synthetic drugs which mainly used in the treatment of PCOS and endometrial cancer but here the problem is those drugs has lots of side effect/Adverse effect so we should go with the natural product Pulsatilla Sp. Which is used on PCOSand various cancer. Pulsatilla is a well establish drug for PCOS with unknown mechanism of action. Deoxypodophyllotoxin, which was isolated from the roots of P. koreana, was found to inhibit the tube-like formation of HUVECs (human umbilical venous endothelial cells) and have a potent antitumor effect. The chemical constituent saponin D present in Pulsatilla root is responsible for the anti tumor activity. The results, which are expressed as Pulsatilla saponin D has such a potent antitumor effect (IR, 82 %) on a solid tumor, which is higher than Adriamycin (IR, 64%). 23-Hydroxybetulinic acid synthesized from Pulsatilla chinensis also shows anti tumoral activity. Though the potency of pulsatilla sp. Are less than synthetic marketed drugs but by structural modification we may get potent anti canceral agent with least toxicity by Pulsatilla.


ANTIBACTERIAL, CYTOTOXIC AND ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITIES OF N-HEXANE, CHLOROFORM AND ETHYL ACETATE EXTRACTS OF TRICHOSANTHES CUCUMERINA LEAVES

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ABOUT AUTHORS
Israt Jahan Bulbul*, Khadiza-tul-Kubra, Mohita Chowdhury Shimu
Department of Pharmacy,
Southeast University Banani, Dhaka, Bangladesh
*israt_jahanb872@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
The main aim of this study was to find out the antibacterial, cytotoxic and antioxidant activities of n-hexane, chloroform and ethyl acetate extracts of T. cucumerina (Cucurbitaceae). Disc diffusion technique was used for in vitro anbacterial screening against gram positive, gram negative human pathogenic bacteria. Here kanamycin disc (30 mg/disc) was used as standard. The chloroform and the n-hexane extract of T. cucumerina showed moderate antibacterial activity with the average zone of inhibition 7-13 mm and 7-9 mm respectively. The brine shrimp lethality bioassay method was used to determine the cytotoxic activity and vincristine sulphate was used as positive control. Among the extractives the chloroform soluble fraction demonstrated the highest cytotoxic activity with LC50 17.09 µg/ml which indicates the compounds present in the chloroform extract are promisingly cytotoxic. Antioxidant activity test of the crude extracts were assessed by means of DPPH free radical scavenging method where ascorbic acid was used as standard. The ethyl acetate fraction of T. cucumerinashowed strongest antioxidant activity with IC50 value of 52.18 µg/ml.Incase of phenolic content, the n-hexane, chloroform and ethyl acetate extracts of T. cucumerina revealed 18.79, 31.33 and 29.04 mg of GAE / gm of extractives, respectively.


ANTIBACTERIAL, ANTIOXIDANT AND CYTOTOXIC ACTIVITIES OF TREWIA NUDIFLORA

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ABOUT AUTHOR:
Yesmin Begum
Department of Pharmacy,
Southeast University, Banani, Dhaka, Bangladesh
yesumyta@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
The aim of the study is to verify the traditional uses of different parts of Trewia nudiflora. Leaves, fruits, twigs & seeds of T. nudiflora were extracted with ethanol to evaluate antibacterial, antioxidant and cytotoxic activities.  Antibacterial activity of the ethanolic extracts of different parts of T. nudiflora was revealed by disc diffusion method using kanamycin as standard. The leaf extract showed very good activity against Shigella dysenteriae with 37.5 mm zone of inhibition and moderate activity against Pseudomonas aeroginosa with 16.5 mm. The fruit extract also showed very good activity against Shigella boydii with 22.5 mm zone of inhibition. The twig extract also showed very good activity with 20mm zone of inhibition against Pseudomonas aeroginosa andthe seed extract showed moderate antibacterial activity. The antioxidant activity of the extracts was determined by using DPPH spectrophotometrically and ascorbic acid was used as standard. Among all the parts, the twig extract showed highest antioxidant activity having an IC50 value of 35.51µg/ml. The leaf, twig  and fruit extracts showed significant cytotoxicity with LC50 value of 9.17 µg/ml, 10 µg/ml and 10.53 µg/ml, respectively evaluated by brine shrimp lethality bioassay using vincristine sulfate as standard.


REVIEW: TINOSPORA CORDIFOLIA IN THE TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION

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ABOUT AUTHORS:
Sezal1*, Vaibhav Walia2
1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences MDU Rohtak, Haryana
2Division Pharmacology, G.V.M. College of Pharmacy, Sonepat, Haryana
rk1891987@gmail.com

ABSTRACT:
Depression is a complex psychiatric disorder characterized by depressed mood, anhedonia, loss of energy and low self esteem. Nitric oxide (NO) is the smallest biologically active molecules which plays an important role in the intracellular signaling. NO negatively controls the levels of 5-HT. Inhibition of NO synthases (NOS) which are responsible for the production of NO; may exert antidepressants like action. Thus, NO is involved in the pathogenesis of depression and the agents which suppress the NO production exerts antidepressants like effect. Tinospora cordifolia commonly named as “Guduchi” belonging to family Menispermaceae; has been reported of its strong free radical scavenging properties against superoxide anion (O2-), hydroxyl radicals (OH), NO, and peroxynitrite anion (ONOO-). Thus the aim of the present manuscript is to demonstrate the role of NO in depression and how Tinospora cordifolia exerts beneficial effects in the patients of depression.


THIN LAYER CHROMATOGRAPHIC STUDY OF THREE DIFFERENT EXTRACT OF Calendula officinalis LEAVES

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ABOUT AUTHORS:
Kuntal Pal1, Sampat Kumar Kundu2*, Manas Kumar Mandal3
1Manufacturing Chemist at Paharpur Ousadhalay, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
2Research Scholar at Gurunanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology, Sodepur, West Bengal, India.
3Consultant Urologist at AMRI Hospital, Kolkata
*sampatkundu001@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
Calendula officinalis
is a plant that possess many pharmacological actions like Stomach upset, Ulcer, Menstrual Period Problems, Eye Infections, Inflammation, Wound Healing, Anti-Septic etc. most widely it is used as wound healing purposes. If the leaf of that plant can be applied after crunching at the affected area, blood will be clot within a few time. But while this leaf can perform this action, it means it possess some active compound in it. To find out what the actual component it is, first we have to perform the Thin Layer Chromatographic study. In our present study we are going study the TLC profile of that Calendula officinalis leaf.


MEDICINAL EFFICACY OF ROSE PLANT: A MINI REVIEW

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ABOUT AUTHORS:
Sonali Nanda, Pratyush Kumar Das*
Centre of Biotechnology, Siksha O Anusandhan University,
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
*das.pratyushkumar@yahoo.co.in

ABSTRACT
A rose is a woody perennial plant belonging to the genus Rosa in the family Rosaceae. Known for its sweet smell and beauty, generally is used as a decorative in household and public gardens. Besides being used as a decorative, very few know its use as a medicinal herb. The petals, stems, leaves and roots of a rose plant contain various secondary metabolites and nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals. Extracts from different parts of rose plant have also been reported to show substantial anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activity. The parts of the plant especially the petals have high antioxidant property that helps in curing many health ailments. In this review the various vital constituents and medicinal properties of different parts of the plant have been highlighted. The information were collected online from various research papers and websites using search engines and assembled in a sequential manner to provide a complete knowledge guide for the readers.


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