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: 17 April, 2013; 7(15)

April 2013

The sausage plant (Kigelia africana): Have we finally discovered a male sperm booster?

Our world harbors a rich source of medicinal plants which are used in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. Kigelia africana popularly known as the Sausage tree, cucumber plant, Kigelia pinnata, is a multipurpose medicinal plant with many attributes and considerable potentials. Some of these include its use for treatment of gynaecological disorders, renal ailments, skin complaint, tumors and...

Author(s): Onyemaechi Okpara Azu    

April 2013

Separation conditions and evaluation of antioxidant properties of boldo (Peumus boldus) extracts

Peumus boldus is an endemic plant from the Republic of Chile which possesses important biological activities attributing at its antioxidant activity. Boldine had been reported as the main bioactive component of boldo. However, recently it has been shown the contribution of polyphenolic compounds in its bioactivity. Boldine, total polyphenolic content and antioxidant activity from P. boldus were...

Author(s): Lorena Lara-Fernández, Heliodoro de la Garza-Toledo, Jorge E. Wong-Paz, Ruth Belmares, Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera and Cristóbal N. Aguilar    

April 2013

Traditional use of medicinal plants in district Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India

Uttarakhand has a rich wisdom of traditional system of medicine since time immemorial. There is urgent need to document the medicinal and aromatic plants associated traditional knowledge which is vulnerable to shrink. Present study is an attempt to document the traditional system of medicine; used by the native communities of district Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India. On the basis of semi-structural questionnaire and in...

Author(s): VK Bisht, LS Kandari, JS Negi, AK Bhandari and RC Sundriyal    

April 2013

In vitro propagation and phytochemical assessment of Berberis chitria: An important medicinal shrub of Kumaun Himalaya, India

Berberis chitria is an important Himalayan shrub known for its diverse medicinal uses. A reproducible in vitro micropropagation protocol for B. chitria has been developed. Seeds were initially inoculated on water agar medium; contamination-free green seeds were transferred to Woody Plant Medium (WPM) with 78.89% seed germination. Initially, maximum multiple shoots (8.30±1.0) per...

Author(s): Aseesh Pandey, Latika Brijwal and Sushma Tamta    

April 2013

Nutritive value and antioxidant activity of some edible wild fruits in the Middle East

The encroachment of urbanization over the rural environment and deterioration of large areas of wilderness in the Middle East make many people weaned away from appreciation of wild plant food resources. The studies on wild edible fruits are deemed essential and open the possibility for its use as source of nutritional and pharmaceutical materials. Fruits of three species Arbutus pavarii, Ficus...

Author(s): A. K. Hegazy, S. L. Al-Rowaily , M. Faisal, A. A. Alatar, M. I. El-Bana, and A. M. Assaeed    

April 2013

Biological activities of Prunus persica L. batch

Biological screening of extracts from bark of Prunus persica was carried out. The crude methanolic extract and its various fractions namely petroleum ether, dichloromethane, chloroform and ethyl acetate were investigated for their antibacterial, antifungal, phytotoxic and insecticidal properties. The methanolic extract showed significant antibacterial activity against Klebsiella...

Author(s): Sumaira Aziz and Habib-ur-Rahman    

April 2013

In vitro anthelmintic activity of the stem-bark of Combretum molle R. Br. x. G. Don (Combretaceae) against Haemonchus contortus

Livestock production is hampered to a great extent by helminth parasites throughout the world. Plant derived drugs have been used for ages against these parasites; however, there is limited scientific knowledge on their efficacy against helminths. In this study, established techniques were used to detect anthelmintic activity of extract and fractions of Combretum molle R. Br. x. G. Don (Combretaceae) using a...

Author(s): M. M. Suleiman, M. K. Simon, O. J. Ajanusi, A. L. Idris and M. S. Abubakar    

April 2013

In vitro biological screening and evaluation of free radical scavenging activities of medicinal plants from the Brazilian Cerrado

A total of 23 extracts derived from 14 medicinal plant species from Brazilian savanna (“Cerrado”), selected by ethnopharmacological information, was screened for leishmanicidal, antibacterial, antifungal and radical scavenging activities and toxicity to brine shrimp (Artemia salina) larvae. Crude extracts from 9 of these species showed potent activity in one or more of these assays.   Key...

Author(s): Maria Carolina S. Marques, Lidilhone Hamerski, Fernanda R. Garcez, Caroline Tieppo, Mariela Vasconcelos, Eduardo Caio Torres-Santos, Marilene Chang and Walmir Silva Garcez    

April 2013

Caryocar brasiliense pulp increases serum HDL and reduces hepatic lipid accumulation in rats fed a high fat diet

The fat, fiber and carotenoid composition from Caryocar brasiliense pulp points out this exotic fruit as a potential cardio protective food. This study aimed to evaluate thehyoplipidemic effect of pequi pulp in rats. Proximate composition, fatty acid profile andcarotenoids of pequi dehydrated pulp were determined. Next, groups of male...

Author(s): Talita Neves Teixeira, Elizabethe Adriana Esteves, Lidiane Guedes Oliveira, Mariuze Loyanny Pereira Oliveira, Reynaldo Campos Santana, Nísia Andrade Villela Dessimoni Pinto and Ana Paula Rodrigues    

April 2013

Anti-Helicobacter pylori activity and inhibition of Helicobacter pylori-induced release of IL-8 in AGS cells by plant extracts

Plants used in popular diet were studied for anti-Helicobacter pylori activity and their effect on the expression of interleukin-8 (IL-8) from H. pylori infected gastric epithelial cells. Extracts were prepared of Allium sativum (A. sativum), Cuminum cyminum (C. cyminum),Piper nigrum (P. nigrum) and their mix in two different dilutions. AGS cell line and H. pyloristrains were used for...

Author(s): Javed Yakoob, Zaigham Abbas, Rustam Khan, Muhammad Waqas Usman, Saeed Hamid, Safia Awan, Kanza Shamim, Syed Faisal Zaidi, Toshiro Sugiyama and Wasim Jafri    

April 2013

Cytoprotective effect of Vernonia cinerea Less. extract on human umbilical vein endothelial cells against nicotine toxicity

Every part of Vernonia cinerea Less. has been reported for medicinal uses as they all have various therapeutic values with many kinds of pure compounds isolated. The aim of the present study is to investigate the cytoprotective effect and mechanisms of a whole plant extract on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) from nicotine toxicity. Cytotoxic ability of nicotine and V. cinerea extract...

Author(s): Roongtawan Supabphol, Rith Wattanachaiyingcharoen, Narisa Kamkaen and Athikom Supabphol