Introduction The liver is the largest gland in the human body and performs a number of functions including glycogen storage, plasma protein synthesis and detoxification. Exposure to a wide variety of insults such as alcohol, drugs, chemicals, viruses and bacteria makes the liver one of the most frequently injured organs in the body. This leads […]
Introduction Medicinal plants are still considered to be a source of new chemical entities with unique chemical structures and pharmacological properties. The same plants growing in different geographical locations under varying climactic conditions can and do differ in their phytochemical constituents (Benetis 2008, Li 1994, Pandita 1983), both qualitatively and quantitatively, and therefore may also […]
Abstract: Some reputed traditional practitioners of Sri Lanka claim that consumption of black tea brew/ infusion (BTB) of Camellia sinensis (L) O. Kuntze (Theaceae) suppresses anxiety. But this claim has not been scientifically tested and proven. This study therefore investigated the anxiolytic potential of BTB of Camellia sinensis (with Sri Lankan high grown Dust grade […]
Introduction Mayodendron igneum Kurz Fam. Bignoniaceae, also known as Radermachera ignea Kurz, grows wildly in north Myanmar, north Thailand, Loas, Vietnam and south China. It is also planted as a vegetable, for medicinal uses and in home gardens of south Yonnan, as an ornamental (Chun-lin 1990).
Abstract: All parts of Tephrosia vogelii Hook F are used in tropical Africa for numerous ethno-medical and traditional veterinary practices. The leaf is ichthyotoxic and has been used as an insecticide, rodenticide and anthelminthic. It has also been used as abortifacient and to induce menses. The leaf macerate is purgative and emetic, while the sap […]
Abstract: Crude extracts (in 50% v/v, ethanol) of Wax negundo L. (Verbenaceae), Argemone maxicana L. (Papaveraceae), Cuminum cyminum L. (Apiaceae), Moringa oleifera Lamk (Moringaceae), Solanum virginianum L. (Solanaceae), Datura metal L. (Solanaceae) and Zingiber officinale Rosc. (Zingiberaceae) were screened for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory related activities. The antioxidant potentials were determined by performing reducing ability assay, […]
Introduction Health is a birth right of every individual and there is increasing evidence that the dietary habits of people are important determinants of health. Proper dietary substances can protect people from chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus is a universal health problem affecting human society at […]