Volume 2 Issue 1

Authors: Ahmed Akrout; Hedi Mighri; Mabrouka Krid; Fatma Thabet; Hamida Turki; Hajer El-Jani; Mohammed Neffati

Abstract: This study concerned four plants known for their use in traditional medicine in south-eastern Tunisia (Rosmarinus officinalis, Thymus capitatus, Artemisia herba-alba and Artemisia campestris) whose leaves are commonly consumed as tea. We aimed to determine the chemical composition and the antioxidant activity of these aqueous extracts prepared in accordance with the traditional method (50g/L of water). Because of the containment of flavonoids, polyphenols, tannins and saponins, all aqueous extracts have electrical conductivity (total salts) which ranged from 1.12 for the R. officinalis extract to 4.82 mS/cm for A. herba-alba. The last one is the richest species in potassium (575 mg/L) and especially sodium (400 mg/L). The content of total phenolics varied from 77.7 GAE mg/L of T. capitatus extract to 306.35 mg GAE/L of A. campestris extract.The antioxidant activities expressed as IC50 values varied from 3.17 μL extract/mL of DPPH solution for the extract of A. campestris (the most active) to 14.33 μL extract/mL for the of R. officinalis extract (the least active). Given these results, we can say that the consumption of these extracts could have preventive and curative benefits against several diseases. People suffering from stomach problems or high blood pressure should show great concerns to it because of the acidity and relatively high sodium content of these extracts.

Keywords: Rosmarinus Officinalis; Thymus Capitatus; Artemisia Herba-alba; Artemisia Campestris; Antioxidant Activity; Minerals; Polyphenols; Infusion


Authors: Dharmendra Singh; Poonam Singh; Abhishek Gupta; Shikha Solanki; Ekta Sharma; Rajeev Nema

Abstract: Qualitative phytochemical analysis of this plant confirms the presence of various phytochemicals like alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, terpenoids, saponin, steroids, and proteins, reducing sugars, carbohydrates and cardiac glycosides in its methanolic extracts. This paper deals with the significance of these phytochemicals with respect to the role of these plants in traditional medicinal system. This preliminary study draws attention to the need for further studies of the active principles identified in the reported species for the treatment of many diseases in order to understand their mode of action in controlling diseases.

Keywords: Phytochemical; Centella Asiatica; Methanolic Extract


Authors: Manisha Nema; Madhuri Modak; Vipin Soni

Abstract: Bhopal is known as the City of lakes. It has some hilly tracks covered with luxuriant vegetation along with fertile plateau suitable for cultivation of a number of crops. A part from this, forest area is represented by mixed deciduous forest. Taxonomical investigation were undertaken to explore the floristic status of the family Acanthaceae growing throughout the Bhopal district. The family is one of the advanced and specialized families with most of the plants, herbaceous. A number of plant species also have significant medicinal value.

Keywords: Comprehensive; Floristic; Acanthaceae; Bhopal