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Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo bilobaThe ginkgo is a living fossil, recognisably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. Ginkgo is believed to have nootropic properties, and is mainly used as memory[42] and concentrationenhancer, and antivertigo agent. Ginkgo has been studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Of the many conflicting research results, ginkgo extract may have three effects on the human body: improvement in blood flow (including microcirculation in small capillaries) to most tissues and organs, protection against oxidative cell damage from free radicals, and blockage of many of the effects of platelet-activating factor (platelet aggregation, blood clotting)[56] that have been related to the development of a number of cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and central nervous system disorders. Ginkgolides, especially ginkgolide B, are potent antagonists against platelet-activating factor, and thus may be useful in protection and prevention of thrombus, endotoxic shock, and from myocardial ischeamia.[57] Ginkgo can be used for intermittent claudication.

Following a government report that the herbal ingredient Ginkgo biloba causes cancer in lab animals, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prohibit its use in foods and dietary supplements. CSPI noted that the FDA should give the industry a reasonable time to comply with such a directive and then seize whatever products remain on shelves to protect consumers. [read more] Very funny – For more information, visit http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/LT_rpts/TR578_508.pdf, www.cspinet.organd www.crnusa.org.

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Int. Workshop Med Plants

International training workshop on conservation & sustainable use of medicinal plants including documentation, assessment & promotion of local health traditions

  • EVENT ON: 2-7 October 2012
  • AT – IAIM, Bangalore,

Dhataki-Woodfordia fruticosa

Dhataki [Woodfordia fruticosa] is common in Sri Lanka, South Konkan and on the Ghats and ascends the Himalayas to 1500 m, but is rarer in South India. Dhataki (Fire Flame Bush) is a spreading, leafy shrub, small in size but very conspicuous on dry, rocky hillsides from December to May, when the masses of little fiery bells give a bright touch of color to the drab terrain.  It is a deciduous shrub, usually with a much-fluted stem. The grey bark is exceedingly thin and peels off in flakes. When in flower the bush appears twiggy and formless but entirely swathed in red. This is because the small flowers grow singly or in groups all the way along the branches and side twigs, and it is at this time that the leaves fall. [Read More]

Asthi Srunkhala

Asthi Srunkhala [Cissus-quadrangularis]

Cissus quadrangularis [1] has a long leaf less stem with fleshy, glabrous, much contracted at the nodes, quadrangular, tendril climber. Young branches are winged, broadly ovate leaves, denticulate and glabrous, truncate or cuneate at the base. Some aerial roots arising from the nodes grow downwards and strike the soil. Small greenish flowers in shortly peduncled cymes with spreading umbellate branches. It is probably native to India or Sri Lanka, but is also found in AfricaArabia, and Southeast Asia. It has been imported to Brazil and the southern United States [5]. . . . . . . . .

A special case study with Asthisrunkhala Taila in Osteoporosis

In 1998, when I am working with ALNRaoAyurvedicMedicalCollege, Koppa, Mr. A. Ramesh Rao, Chairman sent a patient to me. When I examined it is diagnosed case of Osteopenia and the patient is under contemporary treatment for more than 1 year. Osteopenia symptoms include Back pain along with pricking pain in long bones. I apply Ayurveda principles – as Vatahara and Asthiposhana and preapare the Asthisrunkhala + Bala taila for Matravasti. The 40ml of Matravasti is added with 1gm of Shankha Bhasma for 15 days. The result is astonishing apart from the symptomatic relief the BMD is normal at the 16th day. Later on several cases were treated on the same basis.  [Read more]

Queen of Herbs – Shatavari

Asparagus racemosus Willd (Liliaceae) known as ‘Shatavari’ in Ayurveda has the earliest mention of the use of plant in medicine is found in the Rigveda which was written between 4500 and 1600 BC. Shatavari means “who possesses a hundred husbands or acceptable to many”. In Ayurveda this amazing herb is known as the “Queen of Herbs” because it promotes love and devotion. [36]. Shatavari is the main Ayurvedic remunerative tonic for the female, as is Withania (Aswagandha) for the male. Shatavari is however, used for sexual debility and infertility in both sexes. It is also used for menopausal symptoms and to increase lactation [37].

Shatavari is a medicine for long time invited by the western population as food, produces odorous urine from asparagus was a universal human characteristic. White asparagus, known asspargel, is cultivated by denying the plants light while they are being grown. Less bitter than the green variety, it is very popular in the Netherlands, France, Belgiumand Germany where 57,000 tones (61% of consumer demands) are produced annually.[23] Purple asparagus differs from its green and white counterparts, having high sugar and low fiber levels. Purple asparagus was originally developed inItalyand commercialized under the variety name Violetto d’Albenga [24]. Asparagus is grown extensively prefers a loose, light, deep, sandy soil; the depth should be 3 ft, the plants are grown in equidistant rows 3 to 4 ft. apart. It is used even in veterinary medicine. A trial on broilers express, Hb, total serum protein, albumin and globulin revealed significant (P< 0.01) with the use of SRP (shatavari root powder) [32]. Asparagus gonoclados Baker, an important medicinal plant belonging to the family Liliaceae (sensu lato) is a substitute of Shatavari. Presence of Shatavarin IV in the alcohol and aqueous extracts is reported in this species for the first time. [35].

Asparagus racemosus (Asparagaceae) is an important medicinal plant of tropical and subtropical India. Its medicinal usage has been reported in the Indian and British Pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. It is a well known Ayurvedic Rasayana which prevents ageing, increase longevity, impart immunity, improve mental function, vigor and add vitality to the body. It is also used in nervous disorders, dyspepsia, tumors, inflammation, neuropathy and hepatopathy. [1] The plant finds use in about 64 Ayurvedic formulations  . . . . [Read more]

Cell Theory has roots in ancient Indian texts

Vrukshayurveda [read online]

‘Cell Theory has roots in ancient Indian texts’

Chethan Kumar,Bangalore, Oct 21, DHNS:

Robert Hooke is said to have discovered the plant cell in 1665 after a series of examinations under a coarse, compound microscope.

However, an ancient Indian text had revealed the fact much before Hooke.
Indian botanists claim that there are references of a similar concept in ancient Indian manuscripts and that a Rigvedic Maharishi, Parashara, had given a detailed description of this.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Dr S Sundara Rajan, botanist and Sanskrit scholar, quoting Parashara’s Vrukshayurveda, said: “In the leaf, there are innumerable components. It has a boundary, a colouring matter, a sap inside and they are not visible to the naked eye.”
Rajan, who has been conducting a research on this from 1966, said he had presented the findings before the International Botanical Congress in Sydney in 1981 and had convinced botanists from several countries that the discovery was made by Parashara long before the Western world.
A botanist from New Zealand, he said, had questioned: “Do you mean Indians discovered microscope?” In his reply, he had said: “I have no proof to claim that. But the fact that Parashara, in his description has used the expression ‘not visible to naked eye’, suggests that he had used some magnifying technique to discover matter in the leaves.”
Rajan, who had procured several manuscripts, including some from the Oxford libraries, said that there was no clear evidence that Robert Hooke, who gave the world the Cell Theory, used any references from Parashara’s work, but there was enough evidence to prove that the latter knew about the matter before Hooke.
Rajan said contrary to popular belief, biological taxonomy of plants – classification based on reproductive systems – might not have been, in toto, a Western find.

Ancient Indian manuscripts, scientists point out, have in-depth references to the same. “While the world credits Carl Linnaeus for biological taxonomy, Parashara’s Amarakosha clearly classifies plants based on their sexual systems,” Rajan said.
Also, ancient Indian botanists had laid great importance on giving plants dual names, one for common identification and one describing their chemical compositions, which the modern world did only a few decades ago.
Rajan complained that lack of Sanskrit knowledge and lack of scientific interest among those with knowledge of the language had hampered more development in the field.