Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

Readers of this important, information-packed journal will gain a more complete understanding of the activities associated with these plants by access to current information in a format that is readily available. Investigators generating new knowledge are able to easily share their information with interested colleagues. Managers of food companies, food processing facilities, medical research laboratories, government agencies, and others interested in new chemicals, food additives, international trade, patents, and other items will be able to easily review new findings. Currently, research and other literature on herbs, spices, and medicinal plants is widely scattered in several journals, reports, monographs, and patents. The Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants serves as a focus point through which investigators and others may publish material of importance to the production, marketing, and utilization of these plants and associated extracts. This refereed and peer-reviewed journal makes relevant and efficient information retrieval possible internationally. Original articles and book reviews provide information of interest to an international audience of researchers, teachers, technicians, and managers involved with production and/or marketing of herbs, spices, and medicinal plants on these general topics: growth, development, horticulture, ecology, physiology, genetics, chemistry, economics. The journal is a forum in which recent research and other information associated with herbs, spices, and medicinal plants is shared. It also begins to establish a centralized historical literature record accessible by investigators within the international community that work with or have an interest in herbs, spices, and medicinal plants.

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Website Journal of Herbs, Spices, & Medicinal Plants website
Other titles Journal of herbs, spices & medicinal plants (Online), Journal of herbs, spices & medicinal plants, Journal of herbs, spices and medicinal plants
ISSN 1049-6475
OCLC 49969076
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Increased expression of hematopoietic prostaglandin D2 synthase (H-PGDS) is responsible for allergic reactions promoting the inflammatory processes. A total of fifteen plant extracts were screened for their inhibitory activity against H-PGDS using 1-chloro-2, 4-dinitrobenzene (CDNB) as a substrate at 0.3 mg.mL−1. Seven of these plant extracts that were effective inhibitors of H-PGDS were then used to determine the half maximum inhibitory concentrations (IC50s). Parinari curatellifolia leaf ethanol extract was the most potent plant extract with an IC50 of 3.8μg.mL−1 that was comparable to 2.1 μg.mL−1 of the standard Cibacron blue. P. curatellifolia extract directly inhibited H-PGDS activity, which was a kind of reversible inhibition of mixed type with respect to both GSH and CDNB as substrates. The results obtained in this study validate the ethnomedicinal use of P. curatellifolia in the reduction of symptoms of inflammation.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 07/2015; 21(3):243-258. DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.954073
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    ABSTRACT: The essential oils of three aromatic plant species, Lantana viburnoides sp. viburnoides var. kisi (A. Rich.) Verdc., Clausena anisata (Willd.) Benth. and Uvariodendron gorgonis Verdc., were analysed for their chemical compositions and repellency activity against Anopheles gambiae s.s. The major chemical constituents were piperitenone (25.25%) and artemisia ketone (13.96%) in L. viburnoides oil; Estragol (88.38%) in C. anisata; and eugenol (89.82%) in U. gorgonis. The essential oils exhibited varying repellency properties against An. gambiae confirming the ethnobotanical usage as insect repellent. Further prospect exist of improving repellency of U. gorgonis and L. viburnoides essential oils by incorporating some inactive carriers.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 07/2015; 21(3). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.949997
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    ABSTRACT: The gastroprotective activity of ethanol extract of Tridax procumbens leaves was evaluated in rats. Luteolin, a flavonoid, was isolated from ethanol extract of T. procumbens by column chromatography. Gastric ulcers were induced by ethanol and indomethacin in rats, and the ulcer index, percent inhibition, gastric content, and total acidity on the gastric lesions were determined. The phytochemical study revealed the presence of flavonoids, glycosides, proteins, and tannins in the ethanol extract. The total flavonoid content was found to be 142.6 ± 6.38 mg·(100 gm)−1 of ethanol extract. The ethanol extract with 400 mg·kg−1 produced dose-dependent inhibition on the ulcer lesion index (9.76 ± 0.06), changes in the gastric volume (4.38 ± 0.89), and pH (4.8 ± 0.88) in ethanol-induced ulcer. The ethanol extract at 400 mg·kg−1 also restored superoxide dismutase (SOD), reduced glutathione (GSH), catalase level in rat stomach, and large fibroblast cells in histology that support the protective effects.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 07/2015; 21(3). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.973083
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    ABSTRACT: Solvent leaf extracts of Blepharis maderaspatensis and Maesa indica were analyzed by gas chromatography mass spectroscopy (GCMS) and their antimicrobial potential evaluated. Ethyl acetate extract of B. maderaspatensis showed highest activity against Escherichia coli (20 mm) in well method, while its acetone extract showed high antibacterial potential against E. faecalis (18 mm) by the disc diffusion method. The GCMS profile of B. maderaspatensis (ethyl acetate extract) and M. indica (acetone extract) tested positive for the presence of bioactive constituents that revealed the presence of saponin, phenols, tannin, glycoside, flavonoid, steroid, alkaloid, and oils when analyzed.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 07/2015; 21(3). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.960637
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    ABSTRACT: The physiology of noni (Morinda citrifolia) fruit ripening, as well as the chemical and microbial properties of its fermented juice, were determined. The ripening fruit had a nonclimacteric respiratory pattern (34 mg CO2·kg−1h−1) and no detectable ethylene production. The fungus, Mucor circinelloides, was consistently isolated from fermented juice, with peak populations at 14 d coincident with an increase in headspace CO2 and a decline in pH and soluble solids. Bacterial populations were greatest at 42 d, with Erwinia pyrifoliae and Gluconobacter frateurii isolated from fermented juice. Sugar concentration (64.8 mg·mL−1) decreased by 37% after 7 d, while organic acids (26.6 mg·mL−1) were the highest at 28 d. Major non-volatile acids present in the fermented juice included acetic, ascorbic, dehydroascorbic, galacturonic, malonic, succinic, and tartaric acids. Mention of a trademark, warranty, proprietary product, or vendor does not constitute a guarantee by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and does not imply its approval to the exclusion of other products or vendors that may be suitable.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 07/2015; 21(3). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.970726
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    ABSTRACT: The antioxidant activity of the callus of Phyllanthus emblica was tested by using DPPH− radical scavenging, reducing power, superoxide anion, and metal chelating scavenging models. Digallic acid was the major compound in quantity both in vivo (2.61 ± 0.887%) and in vitro (2.89 ± 0.997%) in 6-week-old cell cultures. Digallic acid demonstrated maximum antioxidant activity against the antioxidant systems, while other compounds exhibited mild-to-moderate antioxidant activity. Among the isolated phytochemicals, putranjivain-A showed maximum activity against Escherichia coli (85 μg.mL−1) and Rhizoctonia phaseoli (70 μg.mL−1).
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 07/2015; 21(3). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.949998
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    ABSTRACT: In vitro inhibitory activity of Carissa spinarum leaf extracts against Bungarus caeruleus and Vipera russelli toxic snake venom enzymes was determined. The leaf extracts in non-polar and polar solvents were concentrated and were used for inhibitory activity determination. Methanol extracts (100 μg.mL−1) inhibited acetylcholinesterase, phospholipase A2, hyaluronidase, phosphomonoesterase, phosphodiesterase, 5′ nucleotidase enzymes of B. caeruleus and V. russelli venoms.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 07/2015; 21(3). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.961627
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    ABSTRACT: Nature and amount of genetic variability, associations, and path coefficients were studied in the six traits of 45 genotypes of red sorrel. All the traits showed high heritability except medium for branches/plant (73.94), calyx yield (67.54 %), and low for seed yield (i.e., 41.85%), the highest being for days to flowers 50% (98.12 %) and lowest for seed yield/plot (41.85%). Seed yield/plot was significantly and positively correlated with plant height but negatively correlated with days to flower 50%. Fresh calyx yield is positively correlated with days to flower 50% followed by plant height, and branches/plant exhibited same trends at both genotypic and phenotypic level. However, only plant height and fresh calyx yield made the highest amount of direct and indirect contribution to seed yield/plot. Therefore, plant height and β-carotene serve as better selection criteria to improve red sorrel crop.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 04/2015; 21(2). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.932882
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    ABSTRACT: The bio-active phenolic compounds in Alpinia galanga and A. calcarata were characterized by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectroscopy method. LC-MS/MS analysis showed that gallic acid and ellagic acid were the major phenolic compounds in A. galanga (320 and 518 mg.kg−1, respectively) and A. calcarata (75 and 1,200 mg.kg−1, respectively). The method was validated for its linearity, precision, and accuracy as well as sensitivity. A. galanga showed better free radical scavenging activity against DPPH. and ABTS+. with an IC50 value of 21.26 and 25.54 μ g.mL−1, respectively than A. calcarata (56.51 and 62.35 μ g.mL−1, respectively). The antioxidant activity of A. galanga may be due to higher amounts of phenolic compounds present in this plant.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 04/2015; 21(2). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.923358
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    ABSTRACT: Dehydrated peels from ash gourd (Benincasa hispida), ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula), and cho-chow marrow (Sechium edule) were analyzed for chemical composition and bioactive potential. The range of constituents per 100g dry peels were protein, 3 to 15 g; insoluble fiber, 45 to 58 g; ether extractives, 2.3 to 3.3 g; iron, 5.1 to 17.4 mg; calcium, 307 to 704 mg; tannins, 580 to 848 mg; carotenoids, 1,712 to 35,663 μg; and ascorbic acid, 37 to 51 mg. Polyphenols, total antioxidant activity, free radical scavenging activity (FRSA), and reducing power of peel were highest in aqueous extracts. FRSA of cho-chow marrow peel was the highest (87.32%) followed by ridge gourd (85.4%) and ash gourd (63.31%) peels that correlated well with bioactive components. Methanol and aqueous extracts of the peel exhibited bile acid binding (61%–98%) and α-amylase inhibitory activity.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 04/2015; 21(2). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.940437
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    ABSTRACT: Pretreatment of Caco-2 cells with the bioaccessible fraction of bMO suppressed IL-1β-induced COX-2, IL-8 and MCP-1 and intracellular ROS content. Omission of bile extract during digestion decreased the extent of inhibitory effect of digested bMO on IL-1β activated IL-8 and MCP-1 production. Both lipophilic and hydrophilic compounds of bMO contribute to suppressive response to the pro-inflammatory insult, but only the hydrophilic compounds are responsible for its antioxidant activity. The suppressive effect of the bioaccessible fraction of bMO was partly modulated by inhibiting the phosphorylation of p-38 and IκB. These data provide supportive health promoting activity of M. oleifera pods on the gut.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 04/2015; 21(2). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.932880
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    ABSTRACT: Toxicity of aqueous extract (AE) of stem bark of Bauhinia variegata was evaluated. In the acute toxicity study, Sprague-Dawley rats were treated orally with AE (2,000 or 5,000 mg.kg−1 b.w). The animal behavior and mortality were observed periodically for up to 14 d. In the repeated dose toxicity study, the AE was administered daily at doses of 1,000 or 2,000 mg.kg−1 b.w, for 28 d. Behavior and mortality of animals were observed during the test period and hematological, biochemical parameters and histopathological examinations were carried out. In acute toxicity study, AE did not produce any mortality, changes in behavior, or any other physiological activities in rats at all selected doses. In repeated dose toxicity study, the monocytes and lymphocytes decreased at high doses. AE did not affect the biochemical parameters (except glucose) and the organs’ weight. Histopathology studies revealed no changes in cellular structure of the organs studied. The AE of B. variegata had maximally tolerated dose (MTD) of 5,000 mg.kg−1 in acute toxicity study and lowest observed adverse effect level of 1,000 mg.kg−1 in repeated-dose toxicity study in rats.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 04/2015; 21(2). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.932881
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    ABSTRACT: In vitro antibacterial aptitude of Avicennia marina, A. marina var acutissima, Rhizophora mucronata, and R. annamalayana leaves were evaluated for urinary tract infective bacterial strains. A. marina var. acutissima and R. annamalayana methanolic extracts had diverse phytochemicals and demonstrated lower antibacterial activity at the concentrations of 100 to 250 μg.mL−1 and greater activity at 500 to 1,000 μg.mL−1. The minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum bactericidal concentration intensity of methanolic extracts were at 150 to 375 μg.mL−1. Alkaloids and genstine were noted in TLC fractionation, and their bioactivities were determined in bioautography analysis. Active functional groups OH alcoholic (hydrogen bond), C-H methylene, and C-O- aldehyde were present in both active guided fractions, but R2C=CH2 alkene and N-O nitraso groups were only in A. marina var. acutissima.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 04/2015; 21(2). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.923357
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    ABSTRACT: The in vitro effects of Combretum zeyheri leaf ethanol extract (CZLE) on ergosterol biosynthesis of Candida albicans were investigated by quantifying the ergosterol in C. albicans in the presence and absence of the extract using UV-visible spectrophotometric analyses. Miconazole was used as the positive control. CZLE showed ergosterol biosynthesis inhibition at sub-inhibitory concentration for growth of C. albicans and also at the MIC (0.08 mg.mL−1). The decrease in ergosterol in C. albicans cells was dose-dependant with 67%, 79%, and 100% after growing in 20, 40, and 80 μg.mL−1 of CZLE, respectively. CZLE exerted its fungicidal effects by targeting the ergosterol biosynthesis in C. albicans and disrupting the membrane integrity.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 04/2015; 21(2). DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.941451
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    ABSTRACT: The callus derived from nodal explant of Cyclea peltata on Murashige Skoog medium supplemented with α-naphthalene acetic acid + benzyl amino purine (5.4 μM + 0.44 μM) was used for indirect shoot proliferation. The stem derived calli of 50-60 d old were inoculated to half strength and full strength Murashige Skoog media with different growth regulators at varying concentrations. The callus, upon subculture to the medium supplemented with either naphthalene acetic acid or indole acetic acid alone or in combination with cytokinins, led to the development of shiny, small, globular cells. Histological studies revealed the induction of callus from the cambial cells of the explant and the presence of numerous, actively dividing, darkly stained meristematic centers in the organogenic callus.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 03/2015; 21(4):372-379. DOI:10.1080/10496475.2014.991984