Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3646

Table of Content: 18 July, 2012; 6(27)

July 2012

Medicinal properties of Moringa oleifera: An overview of promising healer

Moringa oleifera Lam. (MO) is a small size tree with approximately 5 to 10 m height. It is cultivated all over the world due to its multiple utilities. Every part of Moringa is used for certain nutritional and/or medicinal propose. Besides being a good source of protein, vitamins, oils, fatty acids, micro-macro minerals elements and various phenolics, it is also reported as anti-inflammatory,...

Author(s): Fozia Farooq, Meenu Rai, Avinash Tiwari, Abdul Arif Khan and Shaila Farooq

July 2012

Protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) as a novel target for some natural anti-cancer molecules extracted from plants

For the fact that protein tyrosine kinases (PTKs) are important components of signal transduction pathway, they also are involved in regulating cell growth, differentiation and oncogenesis. Therefore, protein tyrosine kinases represent a potential target for cancer treatment. Drugs known as protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) inhibitors play a key role in developing therapeutic strategies for cancer therapy and plants are...

Author(s): Mehrdad Hashemi, Newshan Behrangi, Hojat Borna and Maliheh Entezari

July 2012

In vitro antibacterial activity of seven plants used traditionally to treat wound myiasis in animals in Southern Africa

In the extreme situation of subsistence farming where insecticides and other veterinary medicines are either unavailable or unaffordable, the use of plants in the treatment of wound myiasis in livestock has been reported worldwide. However, the exact effect of these plants on myiatic wounds has not been established. This study was therefore undertaken to establish the biological activity of seven species of plants which...

Author(s): Lillian Mukandiwa, Vinasan Naidoo and Jacobus N. Eloff

July 2012

Comparative study on different methods for Lonicera japonica Thunb. micropropagation and acclimatization

In this study, we reported the establishment of a simple protocol for the micropropagation and acclimatization of Lonicera japonica Thunb. Branches with dormant buds were collected from mature L. japonica and sprouted in a greenhouse. Tip and node segments were used as starting material for in vitro proliferation in woody plant medium (WPM). In the first assay in which explants from five...

Author(s): Jiang Xiang Hui, She Chao Wen, Zhu Yong Hua and Liu Xuan Ming

July 2012

Effect of water stress on essential oil yield and storage capability of Matricaria chamomilla L.

To evaluate the effect of water stress on yield and storage capability (essential oil percentage, yield and harvest index during five years storage period) of Matricaria chamomilla L., a field experiment was conducted in 2005. Water stress treatments of irrigation after 30, 60, 90 and 120 mm evaporation from pan class A, were arranged as randomized complete block design with six replications. The harvested...

Author(s): Alireza Pirzad

July 2012

Enhanced callus induction and high-efficiency plant regeneration in Tribulus terrestris L., an important medicinal plant

We described culture conditions for direct and indirect regeneration of Iranian Tribulus terrestris L. through epicotyl, hypocotyl and leaf explants. The explants were cultured on MS medium supplemented with different concentrations and combinations of auxin and cytokinin. The results indicated that the mean of callus induction was influenced by explant type and various phytohormones levels. The highest...

Author(s): Sara Sharifi, Taher Nejad Sattari, Alireza Zebarjadi, Ahmad Majd, and Hamid Reza Ghasempour

July 2012

Cytotoxic saikosaponins from Bupleurum yinchowense

Activity-guided fraction of the ethanolic extract of the root from Bupleurum yinchowenseresulted in the isolation of 13 saikosaponins. Their structures were identified to be saikosaponin a (1), saikosaponin c (2), saikosaponin d (3), saikosaponin b2 (4),saikosaponin f (5), saikosaponin b4 (6), 6"-O-acetylsaikosaponin a (7), 3β,16α,23,28-tetrahydroxy-olean-11,13(18)-dien-29-oic acid...

Author(s): LI Zong Yang, Cao Li, Liu Xin Min, Chang Qi and Pan Rui Le

July 2012

Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of Lippia species

Chemical composition of the hexanic fraction, antioxidant activity (DPPH assay) and total phenolic content (Folin-Ciocalteau assay) of aerial parts of sixteen Lippia species were determined. Hexanic fraction was analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The compounds β-myrcene, limonene, γ-terpinene, linalool, β-caryophyllene, germacrene D, α–copaene,...

Author(s): Junya de Lacorte Singulani, Pâmela Souza Silva, Nádia Rezende Barbosa Raposo, Ezequias Pessoa de Siqueira, Carlos Leomar Zani, Tânia Maria Almeida Alves and Lyderson Facio Viccini

July 2012

Influencing factors of consumers’ willingness to pay for Crocus sativus: An analysis of survey data from China

The aim of the present study is to identify the factors that affect consumers' willingness to pay for Crocus sativus in China. For this purpose, a total of 467 surveys were carried out in ten cities of China. From the collected survey data, a logistic regression analysis was used to estimate the variables of the consumers' individual characteristic, health functions of the products, consumers' behavior and...

Author(s):  Lin Hong, Guangtong Gu, Wenchuan Li, Dan Fan, Jun Wu, Yanying Duan, Haijun Peng, and Qingsong Shao

July 2012

Evaluation of biochemical, hematological and histopathological parameters of albino rats treated with Stemona aphylla Craib. extract

In order to measure the safety of Stemona aphylla Craib., an effective insecticidal plant, on mammals, the effects of the ethanolic extracts from the root of S. aphylla on blood biochemical, hematological and histopathological indices of albino rats have been evaluated. Male rats were given extracts orally at the doses of 300 and 500 mg/kg body weight/day for 45 consecutive days. These were compared...

Author(s): Wararut Buncharoen, Supap Saenphet, Siriwadee Chomdej and Kanokporn Saenphet

July 2012

Assessment of fluoride, chloride and sulfate contamination of herbal teas, and possible interference with the medicinal properties

Herbal teas are sold for medicinal purposes, as well as a beverage. Herbal teas may consist of many ingredients, mainly botanical ingredients, and therefore are susceptible to contamination from the environment and manufacturing processes, which can interfere with their medicinal purposes. This research investigated the contamination of herbal teas by fluoride, chloride and sulfate. The results demonstrated that none of...

Author(s): Mohamed Yehia Abouleish and Naser Abdo

July 2012

Effects of Moringa oleifera methanolic leaf extract on the morbidity and mortality of chickens experimentally infected with Newcastle disease virus (Kudu 113) strain

Newcastle Disease (ND) is an important disease of poultry worldwide. Its economic impact is high because mortality may reach 100% in affected poultry farms. This study was aimed at evaluating the protective properties of crude methanolic extract of Moringa oleifera in chickens. Forty two-day old chicks were randomly divided into four groups: I, II, III and IV. Groups I and II were given daily oral...

Author(s): Didacus Chukwuemeka Eze, Emmanuel Chukwudi Okwor, Okoye John Osita A., Onah Denis Nnabuike and Shoyinka S. Vincent Olu

July 2012

Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of Chowlai (Amaranthus viridis L.) leaf and seed extracts

The present study was conducted to evaluate the phenolics, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of leaf and seed extracts from an edible herb namely Amaranthus viridis L. The extract yields of active components, produced using pure and aqueous methanol, from the leaves and seeds ranged from 5.4 to 6.0 and 2.4 to 3.7%, respectively. The extracts contained appreciable levels of total phenolic contents (1.03 to 3.64...

Author(s):  Muhammad Javid Iqbal, Sumaira Hanif, Zahed Mahmood, Farooq Anwar and Amer Jamil