Project Medicinal plants

Basak | Tulsi | Kalmegh | Aswagandha | Haritaki | Bahera | Amlaki | Guddmar
Haldi | Pudina | Stevia | Ghritakumari | Maha Bhringaraj | Bel | Neem | Chirata
Basak
Botanical Name Adhatoda vasica Vasak
Local Name Basak
Parts Used Leaf
Uses Bronchial problem, remove odour and shining effect on skin on regular external uses
Chemical constituents Vasicine, l- vasicinone., deoxyvasicine and maiontone, Some minor alkaloids viz. Vasicol, adhatodinine and vasicinol also present
Recent Findings Vasicine also exhibited strong respiratory stimulant activity, moderate hypotensive and cardiac-depressant effect; vasicinone was devoid of these activities. The cardiac-depressant effect was significantly reduced when a mixture of vasicine and vasicinone was used. Vasicinone (dl-form) showed no effect on the isolated heart, but probably the l-form is a weak cardiac stimulant. Clinical trials of a commercial drug containing vasicinone and vasicinone have not revealed any side effects while treating bronchial asthma. The drug is known to have abortifacient activity and hence should not be used during pregnancy.
Used in our Products Vasak dust
 
Tulsi
Botanical Name Ocimum tenuiflorum(=O.sanctum) Tulsi
Local Name Tulsi
Parts Used Leaf, whole plant
Uses healing properties ,common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria
Chemical constituents Oleanolic acid,Ursolic acid, Rosmarinic acid,Eugenol, Carvacrol
Recent Findings Tulsi may be a COX-2 inhibitor, like many modern painkillers, due to its high concentration of eugenol (1-hydroxy-2-methoxy-4-allylbenzene). One study showed Tulsi to be an effective treatment for diabetes by reducing blood glucose levels. The same study showed significant reduction in total cholesterol levels with Tulsi. Another study showed that Tulsi's beneficial effect on blood glucose levels is due to its anti oxidant properties.
Used in our Products Garden Fresh
 
Kalmegh
Botanical Name Andrographis paniculata Kalmegh
Local Name Kalmegh
Parts Used Whole plant
Uses The plant extract exhibits antityphoid and antifungal activities possess anti- hepatotoxic, antibiotic, antimalarial, antihepatitic, antithrombogenic, antiinflammatory, anti-snake venom, and antipyretic properties to mention a few, besides its general use as an immunostimulant agent.
Chemical constituents Andrographolide,14-Deoxy-11-dehydroan drographolide,5-Hydroxy-7,8,2',3'-Tetrameth oxyflavone, Andrographolide, Neoandrographolide
Recent Findings Andrographolide the major constituent of the extract is implicated in its pharmacological activity. A study has been conducted on the cellular processes and targets modulated by andrographolide treatment in human cancer and immune cells. It inhibits the in vitro proliferation of different tumor cell lines, representing various types of cancers. A recent study conducted at Bastyr university confirms the anti-HIV activity of andrographolide
Used in our Products Kalmegh Churna
 
Aswagandha
Botanical Name Withania somnifera Aswagandha
Local Name Aswagandha
Parts Used Root
Uses Anti-stress, Antipyretic, diuretic, general weakness, painful swellings, spermatorrhoea, sexual troubles
Chemical constituents alkaloids and steroidal lactones. Among the various alkaloids, withanine is the main constituent. The other alkaloids are somniferine, somnine, somniferinine, withananine, pseudo-withanine, tropine, pseudo-tropine, ,anferine and anhydrine
Recent Findings This herb is also considered an adaptogen which is an herb that works to normalize physiological function, working on the HPA axis and the neuroendocrine system. Ashwagandha is reported to have anti-carcinogenic effects in animal and cell cultures by decreasing the expression of nuclear factor-kappaB, suppressing intercellular tumor necrosis factor, and potentiating apoptotic signalling in cancerous cell lines.
Used in our Products Aswagandha churna
 
Haritaki
Botanical Name Terminalia chebula Haritaki
Local Name Haritaki
Parts Used Fruit. Its fruit has laxative, astringent, digestive, anti-inflammatory, anthelmentic, cardiotonic, aphrodisiac and restorative properties and is additionally beneficial in flatulence, constipation.
Uses It is astringent, purgative, stomachic and laxative. It is useful in asthma, piles and cough. It is also useful in healing of wounds and scalds. It is used as gargle against inflammation of mucous membrane of mouth. It is used in tanning of leather and purification of petroleum. It is an effective purgative and helps in removing toxins and fats from the body resulting in their reduced absorption. Used in all sorts of eye disorders like inflammation, conjunctivitis and is used as a wash
Chemical constituents Contain astringent substances - tannic acid, Chebulinic acid, gallic acid etc. Resin and a purgative principle of the nature of anthraquinone and sennoside are also present.
Recent Findings Fruit contains a constituent which has a wide antibacterial and antifungal spectrum. and also inhibits growth of E.coli, the most common organism responsible for urinary tract infection.The bioassay-directed isolation of the fruits afforded four human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) integrase inhibitors, gallic acid and three galloyl glucoses.
Used in our Products Trifala churna
 
Terminalia bellirica
Botanical Name Terminalia bellirica behera
Local Name Bahera
Parts Used Fruits
Uses Fruit antipyretic, purgative, astringent used to treat dysentry, inflammation, dyspepsia
Chemical constituents sitosterol, gallic acid, ellagic acid, chebulagic acid, galloyl glucose, fatty acid, protein, oxalic acid, tannin, palmitic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, galactose, glucose, ethyl gallate.
Recent Findings strong inhibiting effect this sp has on the HIV virus, reduces levels of lipids.
Used in our Products Trifala churna
 
Amlaki
Botanical Name Emblica Officinalis Amlaki
Local Name Amlaki
Parts Used Fruits
Uses Natural source of vitamin C, anti-oxidant, good for hair and skin, delays on set of wrinkles
Chemical constituents Emblicanin-A,B, Puniglucanin, Pedunculagin, 2-keto-gluconolactone (Vitamin-C equivalents). Ellagic acid, Hexahydroxy-diphenic acid and conjugates, higher concentration of most minerals and amino acids than apples. Glutamic acid, proline, aspartic acid, alanine, and lysine
Recent Findings It  has antimutagenic activity on certain directly acting mutagens in some strains of Salmonella typhimurium. it shows hepatocurative effect against CYP 450 bio-activation hepatotoxicity induced by drugs
Used in our Products Amlaki Churna, Trifala Churna, Hair Fresh
 
Gymnema sylvestre
Botanical Name Gymnema sylvestre Guddmar
Local name Guddmar
Parts Used Leaf
Uses It promotes regeneration of beta cells responsible for releasing insulin in the pancreas. , prevents adrenaline from stimulating the liver to produce glucose, lowers serum cholesterol and triglycerides. Overall, Gymnema normalizes blood sugar levels without the use of insulin or oral compounds.
Chemical constituents A group of oleanane type triterpenoid saponins known as gymnemic acids. The latter contain several acylated (tigloyl, methylbutyroyl etc.,) derivatives of deacylgymnemic acid (DAGA) which is 3-O-glucuronide of gymnemagenin (3, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28-hexahydroxy-olean-12-ene)2. The individual gymnemic acids (saponins) include gymnemic acids I-VII, gymnemosides A-F, gymnemasaponins
Recent Findings A controlled study on insulin-dependent diabetics found that a water-soluble Gymnema extract (400 mg/day corresponding to about 8 g of starting dried herb) reduced insulin requirements (by about 50%). Over the duration of treatment Gymnema lowered fasting mean blood glucose (by about 35%) In 2005, a study made by King’s College, London, United Kingdom, showed that a water-soluble extract of this sp, caused reversible increases in intracellular calcium and insulin secretion in mouse and human β-cells when used at a concentration (0.125 mg/ml) without compromising cell viability. Hence forth these data suggest that extracts derived from Gymnema Sylvestre may be useful as therapeutic agents for the stimulation of insulin secretion in individuals with Type-2 Diabetes.
Used in our Products Guddmar churna

 


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