Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants


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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  • Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Effects of standardized Wrightia tinctoria seeds extract (WTSE) and Stereospermum suaveolens root extract (SSRE) on erythrocyte membrane stabilization, mast cell protection, nitric oxide, and pro-inflammatory cytokines production were evaluated by in vitro methods. WTSE and SSRE were standardized against chlorogenic acid and lapachol, respectively, using reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. Standardized WTSE and SSRE inhibited erythrocyte membrane lysis, mast cell degranulation, and LPS-stimulated nitric oxide and pro-inflammatory cytokine (IL-β, IL-6 and TNF-α) production by RAW 264.7 macrophage cells in a dose-dependent manner.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 08/2014; 21(1):75-85.
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    ABSTRACT: Biological activities of Centella asiatica were determined as cytotoxic activity–LD50 = 1926 μg.mL−1 using Artemia salina; mild insecticidal activity (40% mortality) against Rhyzopertha dominica; no activity against Tribolium castaneum and Callosobruchus analis; phytotoxicity (70% growth regulation at 1,000 μg.mL−1 and 10% growth regulation at 10 μg.mL−1) against Lemna minor. Mild antibacterial and antifungal activities were noted against Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Candida albicans, while no activity was noted against Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli. Antioxidant performance was comparable to ascorbic acid, and analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities comparable with aspirin at 100−1b.w
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 02/2014; 20(3):319–327.
  • Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Tetrapleura tetraptera (Prekesse) fruits have been used in ethonomedicine for treatment of diseases and as spices in food preparation. For instance, it is used for soup preparation for a local food (dish) known as “Fufu” in Akan (a local language in Ghana). Little is known about its total chlorophyll, total carotenoids, β-carotene contents as well as its fatty acid profiles and their associated health benefits to consumers. The fatty acid (FA) profile(s) of the seed revealed that the most predominant FAs greater than 5% were C18:2n6 (51%), C20.5n3 (13%), C18:1n9 (10.78%), C22:3n3 (5.55%), and C16:0 (7.01%). The total unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs) content was greater than the total saturated fatty acids (SFAs). This could contribute greatly to fighting cancers, high cholesterol levels, obesity, and other cardiovascular-related diseases.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 09/2013; 19(4):391-400.
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    ABSTRACT: A study was conducted to determine proximate analysis, apoptotic, and anti-proliferative effect of Caesalpinia bonduc against human breast cancer cell line (MCF-7) in an in vitro model. The MCF-7 cells were treated with plant extract at 10 μg.mL−1 for 48 h and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) serving as control. The percentage of cells in the various phases was determined by flow cytometry. Results obtained from the flow cytometric analysis showed that chloroform fraction was the most active fraction against MCF-7 cells with 32.86 % decrease in proliferative phase. The apoptotic cells were calculated based on the appearance of the cells in sub-G1 phase. The result showed no significant pro-apoptotic effects in treated groups and control group. The finding suggested that the mechanism of cell death is probably through a mechanism other than the direct induction of apoptosis in tumor cell. The finding showed that C. bonduc extract at 10 μg.mL−1 induced anti-proliferative effect on MCF-7 cells by arresting the cell cycle at G2/M phase to prevent cell transition from G2 to M phase, thereby contributing less to cell division rather than DNA synthesis.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 05/2013; 19(2):159-167.
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    ABSTRACT: Purslane ( Portulaca oleracea; Portulacaceae) is an herbaceous plant that is a source of nutrients and biologically active compounds including free oxalic acids, alkaloids, omega-3 fatty acids, coumarins, flavonoids, cardiac glycosides, anthraquinone, protein, α-linolenic acid and β-carotene, mono terpene glycoside, N-trans-feruloyltyramine, and vitamin C. It has been reported to possess potent pharmacological activities as antioxidant, anti-kinetic fatigue, antidiabetic, neuronal, hypocholesterolemic, skeletal muscle relaxant, antimicrobial, nephrotoxicity, hepato protection, anti-inflammatory, and a cosmetic ingredient. Phytochemical constituents isolated from this plant include steroids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, alkaloids, and saponins.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 01/2013; 19:216-232.
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    ABSTRACT: The natural antioxidant contents in the ethanol extract of the seeds of four varieties of Roselle (UKMR-1, UKMR-2, UKMR-3, and UMKL-1) and Kenaf (V36) were evaluated. The ground seeds were extracted in ethanol by a Soxhlet apparatus. The results indicated that the highest seeds' extract yield was V36 (27%), followed by UKMR-2 (21%), UMKL-1 (20%), UKMR-3 (15%), and UKMR-1 (14%). The total phenolic and flavonoid content in extracts were determined by Folin-Ciocalteu and aluminium chloride assays, respectively. The V36 had higher TPC and TFC than the Roselle varieties tested. However, there was no difference among the Roselle varieties studied in their TPC and TFC.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 07/2012; 18(3):240-245.
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    ABSTRACT: Medicinal plants are known to posses therapeutic properties and have been used since ancient times to treat various human diseases/disorders effectively. In the present study, the effect of Artocarpus altilis leaves (AL), bark (AB), and fruit (AF) on glucose hydrolyzing enzymes α-amylase, α-glucosidase, sucrase, and effect on glucose uptake by yeast cells was investigated. Inhibition of all three enzymes by the cold and hot aqueous extracts of AB was the highest followed by AL and AF. AL and AB in powder form increased the activity of α-glucosidase. The highest glucose uptake by yeast cells was by AL followed by AB and AF. The enhancement of glucose uptake was dependent on both the sample and glucose concentration. The results suggest that the possible mode of action of A. altilis as hypoglycemic agent is by inhibiting carbohydrate metabolizing enzymes and by facilitating the glucose diffusion through cell membrane, hence can be effectively utilized as therapeutic agents in the management of type II diabetes.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 04/2012; 18(2):140-151.
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    ABSTRACT: Free radical scavenging activities of rhizome extracts of Acorus calamus, Curcuma longa, Paris polyphylla, and Zingiber montanum were established in vitro Z. montanum in 60% methanol showed a significant radical scavenging activity with IC50 values of 0.34 ± 0.06 mg.mL−1 and 0.68 ± 0.08 mg.mL−1 in DPPH and superoxide free radical assays. It also provided optimal protection of curcumin from thiyl free radicals generated by γ -radiolysis of glutathione. All the four species showed free radical scavenging properties, and the highest was observed with Z. montanum. Supplementation of Plasmid pBR322 DNA with 40μg Z. montanum extract showed a high DNA protection rate of 81.87% when exposed to100 Gy. The efficacy of Z. montanum in free radical scavenging and protection of DNA from radiation-induced damage suggests that it could be useful in radioprotection.
    Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants 03/2012; 18(1):1-17.