Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3799

Table of Content: 10 January, 2014; 8(2)

January 2014

Comparative assessment of genetic diversity among the Asclepiadaceous species using randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers and numerical taxonomy system (NTSYS) cluster analysis

Asclepiadaceae is an economically important family species which are the source of fiber, rubber and dyes. In this study, genetic variability has been determined in three species, that is, Tylophora hirsuta, Wattakaka volubilis and Cryptolepis buchananii. The aim of present study was to understand the extent and pattern of genetic diversity among the individuals of same and different species of Asclepiadaceae. To asses...

Author(s): Adeeba Tariq, Tariq Mehmood, Mushtaq Ahmad, Uzma Sahar, Shazia Mushtaq and Muhammad Zafar

January 2014

Medico-ethnobotanical investigations in Parbat district of Western Nepal

The aim of present research was to record the indigenous knowledge on medicinal plants of Parbat district, Nepal. Field trips were arranged to collect the plants and ethnobotanical information from the study area during 2011 to 2012. The paper dealt with ethnobotanical plants along with their local names, parts and ethnomedicinal uses prescribed by ethnic tribes Gurung, Magar and Majhi of the district. A total of 61...

Author(s): B. Malla, D. P. Gauchan and R. B. Chhetri

January 2014

Evaluation of the antioxidant and antiradical activities of perilla seed, leaf and stalk extracts

The antioxidant properties of perilla seed, leaf and stalk extracts were evaluated by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and superoxide radicals scavenging activities, reducing power and metal chelating ability. The DPPH radical scavenging activity of perilla leaf extract was 57.5%, a value which was higher than scavenging activity of other perilla extracts at 15.0 μg/ml. Based on superoxide radical scavenging...

Author(s): En-Shyh Lin, Chia-Ching Li and Hung-Ju Chou

January 2014

Preliminary studies on decontamination of some dried herbal products by gamma irradiation

Seven dried herbal products (DHP) were decontaminated using gamma radiation. The microbial loads (total viable count, TVC) of the raw and irradiated products were determined using the methods of serial dilutions and pour plate. Based on international standards for microbial load, the effective decontamination doses were determined for the DHP. The range of TVC for the DHP was 105 to 109 cfu/g. Milled roots...

Author(s): A. Adu-Gyamfi, V. Appiah and J. Nketsia-Tabiri

January 2014

DNA markers in the authentication of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), with its multi-target effects, is gaining more and more attention all over the world due to its specific theory and long historical clinical practice. But the absence of an objective and accurate inspection system is frequently cited as one of the major hurdles for its modernization and globalization. Benefiting from modern molecular biology and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...

Author(s): Ying Liu, Hannah Tan, Yuanling Qi, Xinmin Ruan and Naiyou Liu,

January 2014

Wild edible fruits used by Badagas of Nilgiri District, Western Ghats, Tamilnadu, India

Nilgiri means "Blue Mountains". The entire area of the Blue Mountains constitutes the present district of Nilgiri. It was originally a tribal land and was occupied by the Todas, Kotas, Kurumbas, Kattunayakkas and Panyas. Among them, the Badagas are one of the major communities in the district who reside in the mountain as long as other tribal population. The weather in this district favours the growth of...

Author(s): R. Sathyavathi and K. Janardhanan

January 2014

DNA isolation and optimization of SRAP-PCR condition for endangered Polyporus umbellatus

To provide a fast genetic diversity survey of endangered Polyporus umbellatus (Pers.) Fries for immediate conservation, DNA isolation and optimization of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay of sequence-related amplified polymorphism (SRAP) were investigated. Due to high amount of polysaccharide contained in mycelium, three special approaches were adopted to eliminate it during DNA isolation, including adding...

Author(s): Yuejin Zhang, Yalin Qin, Zhen Wang, Lijun Guo, Xin Chen, Zongsuo Liang and Hongbo Guo

January 2014

Amazing bean “Mucuna pruriens”: A comprehensive review

Mucuna pruriens commonly known as cow-age or cowitch or velvet bean or Alkushi, is a medicinal plant traditionally used in Indian medicine belongs to the family Leguminosae. M. pruriens seed is a natural source of the amino acid L-3,4-dihydroxy phenyl alanine (L-DOPA), the direct precursor to the neuro transmitter dopamine which is used widely in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). Serotonin, oxitriptan,...

Author(s): Kavitha C. and Thangamani C.