Pharmacology of Bombax ceiba Linn. by Vartika Jain, Surendra K. Verma

By Vartika Jain, Surendra K. Verma

This paintings is the 1st monograph committed completely to Bombax ceiba, popularly often called the crimson Silk Cotton Tree. which include seven chapters, it covers all appropriate elements of this plant, from its historic and religious significance, to its botanical characterization, pharmacognostical information and ethnobiological makes use of, to its medical validation in a number of animal and human stories. every one a part of the tree is of medicinal price and possesses many novel chemical elements resembling shamimicin, bombasin, bombamalone, bombamaloside and so forth. besides different bioactive secondary metabolites. The e-book provides the chemical buildings of crucial elements and highlights a number of pharmacological actions, predominantly antioxidant, anti inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, hepatoprotective and fibrinolytic, that could turn out to be a resource for the advance of a unique phyto-pharmaceutical agent to regard diabetes, middle sickness and melanoma. additionally, separate chapters take care of the industrial and ecological value of B. ceiba, in addition to a case examine on its conservation. various colour illustrations are incorporated to spot the plant and to justify its nickname, the “Little Bird’s Cafeteria”.

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Dar et al. (2005) studied mangiferin, a xanthone isolated from methanolic extract of fresh leaves of B. ceiba and tested it (1) and its acetyl (1a), cinnamoyl (1b) and methyl (2) derivatives along with the methanolic extract (BCL) and the filtrate (BCM) for antioxidant activity in DPPH free radical scavenging assay, Deoxyribose degradation assay and non-enzymatic lipid peroxidation in liposomes. 33 lg/ml). Mangiferin appears to be a better antioxidant compound than 1a and 1b which bears no 6,7-dihydroxylated structure (Catechol moiety).

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